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Synthetic Biologics Responds to Recent CDC Report on Threat of "Super Bugs"
Date:9/20/2013

ROCKVILLE, Md., Sept. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Synthetic Biologics, Inc. (NYSE MKT: SYN), a developer of biologics focused on the prevention and treatment of serious infectious diseases, has issued a response to the recent report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) earlier this week that detailed the growing threat of antibiotic-resistant "super bugs" (see here: Untreatable: Report by CDC details today's drug-resistant health threats).

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Below is a statement from the Company:

"We applaud the CDC for taking the step forward in acknowledging the major public health crisis surrounding drug-resistant "super bugs." Among the CDC's top three, newly-ranked, drug-resistant bacteria, is Clostridium difficile (C. diff). C. diff is a deadly bacterium, with 94% of cases being associated with medical care settings. While treating an infection, IV antibiotics can wipe out the balance of a patient's microbiome, leaving them susceptible to life-threatening C. diff infections. If patients contract C. diff, they can spend an additional 4-7 days in the hospital1, costing the U.S. healthcare system in excess of $8 billion annually2. Of the 1.1 million patient's infected with C. diff in the hospital setting3, 30,000 die with a C. diff infection in the United States each year4.

Currently, there are no approved treatments designed to protect a patient's microbiome from the damaging effects of IV antibiotics, leaving patients highly exposed to what's been dubbed the "nightmare infection" in many hospitals. We view the recent ranking o
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