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BD GeneOhm™ MRSA Assay Part of Largest U.S. Study Using Universal Active Surveillance to Significantly Reduce MRSA Infection Rates

(March 17, 2008) --

Franklin Lakes, NJ -- BD Diagnostics, a segment of BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) (NYSE: BDX), today announced that a new study, "Universal Surveillance for Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus in 3 Affiliated Hospitals," published in Annals of Internal Medicine,demonstrates that universal surveillance of all hospital admissions for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) using the BD GeneOhm™ MRSA real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) diagnostic test can significantly reduce MRSA infection rates.

Led by researchers at Evanston Northwestern Healthcare (ENH) in Evanston, Illinois, the study is the first and largest in the United States to show the impact of implementing a universal, active surveillance program coupled with a comprehensive infection prevention program to reduce MRSA infections. MRSA bacteria can cause a potentially fatal infection that does not respond to common antibiotics and is a significant cause of hospital-associated infections.

Study authors report ENH reduced MRSA infection rates by 70 percent in less than two years. The reductions were significant in every category measured, such as surgical site, bloodstream, urinary tract and respiratory infections. Furthermore, this study indicates that limited active surveillance conducted only in the intensive care units did not produce the desired result, and that MRSA infections were significantly reduced only when universal all admissions testing was performed.

"BD is fully committed to the prevention of MRSA infections using active surveillance screening as a core component of a comprehensive infection prevention program," said Tobi Karchmer, MD, MS, Medical Affairs Director, BD Diagnostics - GeneOhm. "Each institution needs to perform its own risk assessment and determine the best approach to implementing an MRSA infection prevention program. In some institutions, universal active surveillance may be appropriate, as demonstrated in this new study, and in others it may be more appropriate to focus on certain high-risk patient populations."

About the BD GeneOhm MRSA Assay
The BD GeneOhm MRSA assay is a qualitative in vitro molecular diagnostic test cleared by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration for the direct detection of MRSA nasal colonization. Since its launch, over 2 million patients have been tested with the BD GeneOhm assay in over 250 healthcare institutions worldwide that are committed to reducing MRSA infections and improving patient outcomes.

About BD
BD, a leading global medical technology company that manufactures and sells medical devices, instrument systems and reagents, is dedicated to improving people’s health throughout the world. BD is focused on improving drug therapy, enhancing the quality and speed of diagnosing infectious diseases, and advancing research and discovery of new drugs and vaccines. The Company’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 approximately 50 countries throughout the world. The Company serves healthcare institutions, life science researchers, clinical laboratories, industry and the general public. For more information, please visit

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