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bioMerieux Launches Industry-First Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci (VRE) Screening Tool
Date:3/11/2010

DURHAM, N.C., March 11 /PRNewswire/ -- bioMerieux – a world leader in the field of in vitro diagnostics – today announced the launch of the first Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared chromID™ VRE, a simple and cost-effective solution in the struggle against vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE). chromID VRE is the first to receive an FDA 510(k) clearance for the qualitative detection of Enterococcus faecium and Enterococcus faecalis showing acquired resistance to vancomycin in stool specimens. The product can be used as an aid to identify, prevent, and control VRE colonization in healthcare settings. Infections with these drug resistant organisms produce severe adverse events in patients.(www.biomerieux-usa.com/chromid)

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), VRE is spread from patient to patient via caregivers. A study published in Clinical Infectious Diseases in Oct. 2009 examined the hospital and societal costs of antimicrobial-resistant infections (ARIs) in a Chicago teaching hospital. According to the study, 31 percent of patients with antibiotic-resistant infections in the study had an infection due to VRE and 40 percent of these infections were healthcare associated.(1) In a publication by Carmeli et al., infections with these pathogens were reported to have significant impact on patient morbidity, mortality,
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