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Cepheid Receives Health Canada License for First On-demand Diagnostic Test for Life-threatening MRSA and S. aureus Infections From Patient Positive Blood Culture Bottles
Date:3/11/2009

Physician Access to Critical Test Results Improved by More Than Twenty-Four Hours Over Conventional Methods

SUNNYVALE, Calif., March 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Cepheid (Nasdaq: CPHD) today announced that Health Canada has issued a medical device license for its Xpert(R) MRSA/SA Blood Culture (BC) test for the rapid detection of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Staphylococcus aureus (SA, typically Methicillin-sensitive) in blood culture bottles showing gram-positive cocci. With results reporting in less than one hour, Cepheid's Xpert MRSA/SA BC test was designed to empower physicians with a new tool to aid in selecting the most effective antibiotic therapy to improve patient management and outcomes.

"Xpert MRSA/SA BC results enable physicians to initiate targeted therapy in septic patients far sooner than current culture-based methods - an important advancement in the timely management of potentially life-threatening infections," said Rob Koska, Cepheid's Senior Vice President of Worldwide Commercial Operations. "With the addition of our Xpert MRSA/SA Blood Culture diagnostic test, Canadian institutions are now armed with another tool in the armamentarium for the rapid detection of MRSA and SA and overall management of infections."

Cepheid's Xpert MRSA/SA BC test processes positive blood culture specimens to determine if a patient's blood is infected with MRSA or SA, which are frequent causes of sepsis in hospitalized patients. This can enable physicians to quickly de-escalate from broad-spectrum antibiotic treatment to a more effective targeted therapy, thus reducing risk of resistance and improving patient outcomes.

Typically, physicians will order a set of blood culture bottles drawn from patients presenting with symptoms of systemic infections. Positive cul
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