OraSure Technologies Addresses FDA Warning Letter Received by Its Subsidiary DNA Genotek

OraSure Technologies Addresses FDA Warning Letter Received by Its Subsidiary
DNA Genotek

BETHLEHEM, Pa., Jan. 7, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- OraSure Technologies, Inc.
(Nasdaq:OSUR) announced that its molecular collection systems subsidiary, DNA
Genotek, received a warning letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
(FDA) which the FDA posted today on its website. The warning letter primarily
focuses on DNA Genotek's response to two observations issued by the FDA on
Form 483 as a result of a routine inspection of DNA Genotek's Ottawa, Canada
facilities in September 2013.

DNA Genotek is actively engaged and working with the FDA to address the
agency's observations and will continue to sell and market all of its products
while responding to the warning letter. No material impact to product sales or
OraSure's consolidated financial performance is expected as a result of the
issues raised by the warning letter.

The warning letter requests additional documentation related to finished
product acceptance testing activities for DNA Genotek's ORAcollect OC-100
collection device, a swab-like product with a small customer base that
accounted for approximately one-half of one percent of OraSure's consolidated
revenues in 2013. The letter notes that DNA Genotek does not currently have in
place an approved premarket approval application or 510(k) clearance for its
ORAcollect OC-100 device.

In addition, the warning letter indicates the need for additional
documentation regarding design and development activities for DNA Genotek's
products and focuses in particular on the design planning and design history
file for its 510(k) cleared OrageneDx collection device, a product primarily
used in commercial applications.A product similar to OrageneDx, sold under
the name OrageneDiscover, is used primarily for research applications and was
not specifically addressed by the warning letter.

A copy of the warning letter can be found on the FDA's website at

"We take this letter from the FDA very seriously and we are working closely
with the agency to ensure we fully address their concerns and observations,"
said Douglas A. Michels, President and CEO of OraSure Technologies."We are
committed to providing the highest quality products to our customers and to
continuously enhancing our systems and processes."

About OraSure Technologies

OraSure Technologies is a leader in the development, manufacture and
distribution of oral fluid diagnostic and collection devices and other
technologies designed to detect or diagnose critical medical conditions. Its
innovative products include rapid tests for the detection of antibodies to HIV
and HCV at the point of care and testing solutions for detecting various drugs
of abuse. In July 2012, the Company received approval from the U.S. Food and
Drug Administration for the Company's OraQuick^® In-Home HIV Test for sale
directly to consumers in the over-the-counter (OTC) market - making it the
first and only rapid OTC HIV test approved in the U.S. In addition, the
Company is a leading provider of oral fluid sample collection, stabilization
and preparation products for molecular diagnostic applications. OraSure's
portfolio of products is sold globally to various clinical laboratories,
hospitals, clinics, community-based organizations and other public health
organizations, research and academic institutions, distributors, government
agencies, physicians' offices, and commercial and industrial entities. The
Company's products enable healthcare providers to deliver critical information
to patients, empowering them to make decisions to improve and protect their

For more information on OraSure Technologies, please visit www.orasure.com.

Important Information

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements, including with
respect to product sales and availability and financial performance.
Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance or
results. Known and unknown factors that could cause actual performance or
results to be materially different from those expressed or implied in these
statements include, but are not limited to: ability to market and sell
products, whether through an internal, direct sales force or third parties;
ability to manufacture products in accordance with applicable specifications,
performance standards and quality requirements; ability to obtain, and timing
and cost of obtaining, necessary regulatory approvals for new products or new
indications or applications for existing products; ability to comply with
applicable regulatory requirements; ability to effectively resolve 483
observations, warning letters and other findings or communications from the
FDA and other regulators; changes in relationships, including disputes or
disagreements, with strategic partners or other parties and reliance on
strategic partners for the performance of critical activities under
collaborative arrangements; failure of distributors or other customers to meet
purchase forecasts or minimum purchase requirements for the Company's
products; impact of replacing distributors; inventory levels at distributors
and other customers; ability to integrate and realize the full benefits of the
Company's acquisition of DNA Genotek; ability of DNA Genotek to achieve its
financial and strategic objectives; ability to identify, complete, integrate
and realize the full benefits of future acquisitions; impact of competitors,
competing products and technology changes; impact of the economic downturn,
high unemployment and poor credit conditions; reduction or deferral of public
funding available to customers; competition from new or better technology or
lower cost products; ability to develop, commercialize and market new
products,including the OraQuick^® In-Home HIV test; market acceptance of oral
fluid testing or other products; changes in market acceptance of products
based on product performance, extended shelf life or other factors; ability to
fund research and development and other products and operations; ability to
obtain and maintain new or existing product distribution channels; reliance on
sole supply sources for critical products and components; availability of
related products produced by third parties or products required for use of our
products; history of losses and ability to achieve sustained profitability;
ability to utilize net operating loss carry forwards or other deferred tax
assets; volatility of our stock price; uncertainty relating to patent
protection and potential patent infringement claims; uncertainty and costs of
litigation relating to patents and other intellectual property; availability
of licenses to patents or other technology; ability to enter into
international manufacturing agreements; obstacles to international marketing
and manufacturing of products; ability to sell products internationally,
including the impact of changes in international funding sources and testing
algorithms; adverse movements in foreign currency exchange rates; loss or
impairment of sources of capital;ability to retain qualified personnel;
exposure to product liability and other types of litigation; changes in
international, federal or state laws and regulations; customer consolidations
and inventory practices; equipment failures and ability to obtain needed raw
materials and components; the impact of terrorist attacks and civil unrest;
and general political, business and economic conditions. These and other
factors are discussed more fully in the Company's Securities and Exchange
Commission filings, including its registration statements, Annual Report on
Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012, Quarterly Reports on Form
10-Q, and other filings with the SEC. Although forward-looking statements help
to provide information about future prospects, readers should keep in mind
that forward-looking statements may not be reliable. The forward-looking
statements are made as of the date of this press release and OraSure
Technologies undertakes no duty to update these statements.

CONTACT: Investor Contact:
         Ron Spair
         OraSure Technologies
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