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BD Announces CE Marking of a New Molecular Test to Diagnose Patients with Clostridium difficile Infections
Date:7/6/2008

eliminates the need for multiple screening and confirmatory assays, speeds up reporting and helps avoid unnecessary antibiotic use."

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

In the United Kingdom, Clostridium difficile infections have risen 40 percent in the last three years, infecting eight times as many patients as MRSA and killing twice as many. In the United States annually, an estimated 500,000 people are hospitalized and more than 28,000 die from CDI. The average length of stay for a CDI patient is nearly three times longer than the average patient and excess healthcare costs exceed $1 billion. U.S. rates of CDI continue to increase, driven by a hypervirulent strain known as BI/NAP1/027. This dangerous strain has now been isolated in at least 38 states, Canada and 14 European countries.

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BD is a leading global medical technology company that develops, manufactures and sells medical devices, instrument systems and reagents. The Company is dedicated to improving people's health throughout the world. BD is focused on improving drug delivery, enhancing the quality and speed of diagnosing infectious diseases and cancers, and advancing research, discovery and production of new drugs and vaccines. BD's capabilities are instrumental in combating many of the world's most pressing diseases. Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, BD employs approximately 28,000 people in a
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