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BD Announces FDA 510(k) Clearance of Novel Molecular Assay to Diagnose Clostridium difficile Infections
Date:1/12/2009

NAP1/027, which has now been detected in at least 38 states, Canada and 14 European countries.

"CDI poses a significant challenge for healthcare facilities around the world," said Jamie Condie, Vice President and General Manager, BD Diagnostics - Molecular Diagnostics. "The introduction of the BD GeneOhm Cdiff assay demonstrates BD's ongoing commitment to develop a broad range of products to help prevent HAIs. BD provides molecular tests for key pathogens associated with HAIs, including Staphylococcus aureus, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, vancomycin-resistant enterococci, and now Clostridium difficile."

Cleared for the identification of toxigenic Clostridium difficile directly from stool specimens, the BD GeneOhm Cdiff assay targets the Toxin B gene, found in virtually all toxigenic Clostridium difficile strains, including the emerging BI/NAP1/027 epidemic strain. It is the only CDI molecular assay that combines high sensitivity and specificity and provides definitive test results in less than two hours. This new test may facilitate earlier and more appropriate antibiotic treatment of CDI patients. It may also lead to earlier implementation of infection control interventions that help prevent the transmission of the pathogen to other patients. Until now, diagnosing CDI rapidly has proven difficult. Traditional methods, including immunoassays, lack sufficient sensitivity, while tissue culture cytotoxicity methods are difficult to perform and require several days to yield results.

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