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Roche Diagnostics Supports Fight Against MRSA as a Sponsor of Annual World MRSA Day
Date:9/28/2010

illion HAIs and 90,000 deaths are attributed to it each year in the United States, which underscores the critical need for greater awareness of the issue and the potential solutions," said Jack Phillips, president and CEO of Roche Diagnostics Corporation. "Roche applauds the MRSA Survivors Network for bringing this important issue to the forefront and we are honored to be a sponsor of World MRSA Day. We believe that more education, together with effective screening and infection control programs, can significantly reduce the spread of MRSA and its consequences."

Other participants in the kick-off event include local government officials, infection control experts and healthcare professionals, MRSA survivors, and those who have lost loved ones to MRSA.

"The good news is that there are some relatively simple steps that can be taken to control the spread of MRSA, such as appropriate screening and testing, hand washing and careful use of antibiotics," said Lance Peterson, M.D., FASCP, epidemiologist and a founder of the MRSA screening program at NorthShore University HealthSystem in Evanston, Illinois. "This event is important because it will help to raise awareness of these steps and the importance of following them among both healthcare professionals and the general public."

About HAIs and MRSA screeningHealthcare-associated infections caused by MRSA are a tremendous burden for healthcare systems and hospitals and are associated with significant healthcare costs. In addition, community-associated MRSA (CA-MRSA) infection has spread in the U.S., underscoring the need for comprehensive infection control programs along with more rapid and reliable MRSA screening methods. In response to this public health issue, an increasing number of states have passed legislation requiring mandatory reporting and/or screening for HAIs.  

In July 2010, the United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA) cleared Roche's LightCycler® MRSA Adva
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