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New Test Provides Diagnostic Results Up to 10 Times Faster Than Traditional TestsJan 15, 2018
FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J., and WAGENINGEN, The Netherlands, January 15, 2018 – BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) (NYSE: BDX), a leading global medical technology company, along with Check-Points Health B.V., announced today that the companies obtained CE Mark for a next-generation molecular screening test for antibiotic-resistant carbapenemase-producing organisms (CPOs) on the fully-automated BD MAX™ System.
It is estimated by the year 2050, as many as 10 million people could die annually from antimicrobial resistance (AMR) if no action is taken1. AMR is the ability of a microorganism (such as a bacteria) to survive despite being treated with antimicrobial drugs that should destroy it. As a result, patients with these infections are more likely to develop complications and up to three times more likely to die2.
The spread of CPO represents a major challenge to antimicrobial stewardship because these organisms have acquired the ability to produce the enzyme carbapenemase. This enzyme renders carbapenems, considered a drug of last resort, ineffective. This has brought about limited effective treatments resulting in high mortality rates3.
The BD MAX™ Check-Points CPO assay* provides detection of the five most common carbapenemase genes in less than 2.5 hours, as compared to traditional methods that can take up to 24 hours. Early detection of patients colonized with these organisms can provide the necessary information to implement proper infection control measures. This assay replaces an earlier version of the test from Check-Points, and offers an improved workflow and an additional target.
“We have been using the Check-Points assay on the BD MAX system for routine screening of CPO for nearly two years, because it provides us the information we need to isolate or de-isolate our high-risk patients shortly after admission,” said John Rossen, Assistant Professor of Medical Microbiology at the University Medical Center, Groningen (UMCG) in the Netherlands and scientific secretary of the ESCMID Study Group for Genomic and Molecular Diagnostics. “This assay has not only improved our turn-around-time, but it also gives us the confidence that we will reduce the risk of transmission and outbreak because patient safety is our number one goal.”
Together with BD BBL™ CHROMagar™ CPE plated media* and BD Phoenix™ CPO detect panels*, BD provides comprehensive solutions for screening and infection management to support clinical microbiology laboratories in their AMR programs.
“The launch of the BD MAX Check-Points CPO assay is another example of BD’s commitment to helping prevent and reduce the spread of healthcare associated infections (HAIs) and support better antimicrobial stewardship,” said Nikos Pavlidis, vice president of molecular diagnostics and women’s health for BD.
This assay joins BD’s comprehensive healthcare-associated infections diagnostics portfolio, which aims to reduce transmission and outbreak of deadly pathogens. The BD MAX system menu also includes syndromic panels for gastrointestinal infections, as well as reproductive and sexually transmitted infections, which aid laboratory professionals in their efforts to deliver diagnostic results that help enhance patient outcomes, while improving laboratory efficiency. The instrument also features an open system capability, allowing for streamlined workflow of laboratory developed tests and for additional assays via BD partner collaborations.
*Products are not available for sale in the U.S.
Check-Points (http://www.check-points.com) is a privately owned diagnostics company in Wageningen, The Netherlands and a leading developer and marketer of molecular assays for gram-negative drug-resistant bacteria. Check-Points offers a range of IVD and RUO products for the detection of carbapenemases, ESBLs and AmpCs. In addition, the Check&Trace product line allows for fast and reliable routine molecular confirmation and serotyping of Salmonella for food and veterinary diagnostics.
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