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Roche to Introduce New LightCycler(R) MRSA Advanced Test in the EU
Date:4/1/2009

New test for detection of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus for better patient care

PLEASANTON, Calif., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Roche announced today that its new LightCycler(R) test for the detection of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is now available with the CE Mark, allowing it to be sold for clinical use in the European Union. The LightCycler(R) MRSA Advanced Test is a qualitative in vitro diagnostic test for the direct detection of nasal colonization with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. The test will aid in the prevention and control of MRSA infections in healthcare settings resulting in better patient care.

"As more guidelines recommend or require aggressive screening, it is important that healthcare professionals have access to fast, reliable products that can help improve medical outcomes," said Daniel O'Day Head of Roche Molecular Diagnostics. "This new test will aid infection control programs, and ultimately result in better patient care."

Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) caused by MRSA have recently become an important issue for healthcare facilities worldwide due to high rates of infection, mortality, and high costs of treatment. In addition, community-associated MRSA (CA-MRSA) has spread in the past few years, feeding the pipeline of infection in hospitals, and underscoring the need for comprehensive infection control programs.

Dr. Reinhard Frodl, Laboratory Head of the Molecular Biology Department of Medizinisches Versorgungszentrum Dr. Gartner & Kollegen in Ravensburg, Germany commented: "The test showed good sensitivity and specificity in our hands and we believe it will bring more efficient MRSA screening to hospitals across Europe because of its batching flexibility and easy handling."

The LightCycler(R) MRSA Advanced Test is performed on Roche's LightCycler(R) 2.0 Instrument
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