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World TB Day Donation Campaign Increases Access to Improved TB Tests in Resource-Limited Settings
Date:3/21/2011

FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J., March 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- In recognition of World TB Day, held each year on March 24, BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) (NYSE: BDX) has launched an online campaign designed to increase access to improved diagnostics that are crucial in the ongoing fight against tuberculosis (TB).

Beginning March 21, for each visitor to www.bd.com/fightTB, BD will donate one BD BACTEC™ MGIT™ tube to one of the Company's TB collaborating partners, FIND (Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics) or the Earth Institute at Columbia University, up to 20,000 tubes.

"There is no TB cure without an accurate diagnosis – and that's the motivation for this campaign. Defeating TB begins with providing increased access to accurate, timely tests," said Vincent A. Forlenza, BD President and Chief Operating Officer.  "Methods for diagnosing TB in resource-limited settings have gone unchanged for more than 115 years.  BD is working closely with partners around the world, like FIND and the Earth Institute, to change that."

Each year, 9.4 million new cases of active TB and 1.7 million TB-related deaths are reported globally.  In the developing world, the burden of TB has been significantly aggravated in recent years by the alarming HIV/TB co-pandemic as well as the emergence of newer, drug-resistant strains of TB.  

Rapid and accurate diagnosis is widely recognized as a critical first step in the fight against TB.  Two technologies that the World Health Organization (WHO) has recently endorsed are liquid culture and molecular diagnostics.  Together, as part of a comprehensive TB control plan, these two complementary technologies offer exciting new possibilities for diagnosing TB.

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