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Candida albicans Skin Test Antigen for Cellular Hypersensitivity (CANDIN®) is a clear, colorless, sterile solution with a pH of 8.0 - 8.5. The antigen should be administered intradermally according to the directions included under DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION of this package insert.

CANDIN® is made from the culture filtrate and cells of two strains of Candida albicans. The fungi are propagated in a chemically defined medium consisting of inorganic salts, biotin and sucrose. Lyophilized source material is extracted with a solution of 0.25% NaCl, 0.1 25% NaHCO3 and 50% v/v glycerol. The concentrated extract is diluted with a solution of 0.5% NaCl, 0.25% NaHCO3, 0.03% Albumin (Human) USP, 8 ppm polysorbate 80 and 0.4% phenol.

The skin test strength of CANDIN® has been determined from dose-response studies in healthy adults. The product is intended to elicit an induration response 5 mm in immunologically competent persons with cellular hypersensitivity to the antigen.

The potency of CANDIN® is measured by DTH skin tests in humans. The procedure involves concurrent (side-by-side) testing of production lots with an Internal Reference (IR), using sensitive adults who have been previously screened and qualified to serve as test subjects. The induration response at 48 hours elicited by 0.1 mL of a production lot is measured and compared to the response elicited by 0.1 mL of the IR. The test is satisfactory if the potency of the production lot does not differ more than 20% from the potency of the IR, when analyzed by the paired t-test (two-tailed) at a p value of 0.05.

The potency of the IR is monitored by DTH skin testing. Persons included in the potency assay are qualified as test subjects by receiving four skin tests with the IR from which a mean induration response (mm) is calculated. Current skin tests with the IR must wshow that the potency of the IR has not changed more than 20% from the mean qualifying response in the same test subjects, when analyzed by the paired t-test (two tailed) at a p value of 0.05. The required induration response at 48 hours to the IR is 15 mm 20%.





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