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Newborn Screening Program

The Newborn Screening Program for genetic, endocrine and metabolic disorders identifies newborn babies who may be at risk for one of several serious diseases. If left untreated, these diseases can lead to slow growth, blindness, mental retardation, and possibly death. Finding these problems early and providing appropriate treatment may prevent many serious complications from developing later. Ohio currently mandates testing of all newborns for 36 disorders.

Two of the mandated disorders, Phenylketonuria (PKU) and Homocystinuria are treated with a special metabolic formula provided through the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Metabolic Formula Program. The ODH provides formula to approximately 400 individuals in Ohio, at a cost of approximately $600,000 per year.

Mailing Address:
Public Health Laboratory
Newborn Screening Program

8995 East Main Street
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068

Telephone: (888) 634-5227
Fax: (614) 644-4648

E-mail: ODHLabs@odh.ohio.gov

Last Updated: 07/08/2014