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Questions Over Value Of New Antibiotics To Tackle Resistance | Eurekalert! Science News

In wake of MRSA infection, Lakeland Regional is looking to prevent future cases - News - NorthJersey.com

Antimicrobial resistance is a major health care problem worldwide. US president, Barack Obama, has called it "a serious threat to public health and the economy" while in the UK, Sally Davies, chief medical officer for England, declared the problem "as important as global warming," and a "ticking time-bomb." The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) now offers a series of marketing incentives for new antibiotics, explains Doshi. Backed by a law passed by Congress in 2012, 61 chemical entities have been granted "qualified infectious disease product" (QIDP) status, promising manufacturers accelerated review of new drug applications and five additional years of marketing exclusivity. Another bill introduced this year aims to substantially lower the requirements for FDA approval for certain new antibiotics, he adds. The FDA told The BMJ that a QIDP product is "an invasive mrsa antibacterial or antifungal drug for human use intended to treat serious or life-threatening pics of mrsa infections and does not have to show added benefit in terms of efficacy." But if there is no added benefit, what makes the drugs worth approving, asks Doshi? He points out that three of the five new antibiotics were approved for skin infections, yet there are already over 30 other drugs approved for these conditions, including treatment for MRSA infections. Still, both industry and the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) argue that the new drugs are tackling the problem of antimicrobial resistance, pointing to the fact that the drugs are approved to treat MRSA infections. So, if the drugs don't directly deal with antibiotic resistance, what about providing additional treatment options for "serious or life threatening infections," as defined in the QIDP regulations, asks Doshi?
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Unconfirmed case of MRSA at Lakeland prompts officials to do early spring cleaning - Community News - NorthJersey.com

"Chris and everyone from the Health Department have been very helpful and cooperative in seeing this thing through," he said. The weight room had been reopened late on Thursday, Mooney said, but the custodial staff had been instructed to give it another thorough cleaning. "It was cleaned and sanitized again last night," he said, "and we will continue to do that." No one else from the Lakeland community had reported signs of infection since the first instance had come to light.
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Lakeland Regional High School contends with possible MRSA case | NJ.com

By integrating advanced technology that has been proven as a solution time and time again, hospitals are not only saving money, but they are also protecting patients and staff from acquiring potentially deadly illnesses." HealthTrust members include acute, ambulatory surgery centers, physician practices, long-term care facilities and alternate care sites. With an established reputation in acute care facilities across the United States, Tru-D SmartUVC is now expanding access to other health care providers and facilities in the industry through this contractual partnership. Tru-D SmartUVC is a germ-eliminating UV disinfection robot used to kill germs and pathogens that plague health care environments. It is the only device on the market with Sensor360 technology that measures UVC dose and calculates the proper time needed to thoroughly deliver a measured dose of UV light from a single placement in the room. There are hundreds of Tru-D's protecting health care environments across the globe.
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It affects the skin and can be transmitted by skin-to-skin contact, commonly in contact sports, and by touching contaminated objects such as towels and weight training equipment, according to the Mayo Clinic website. The person who was infected is not being identified to protect his or her privacy, Mooney said. Mooney alerted the school board about the situation at last Tuesday's meeting and met on Wednesday morning with the high school nurse, principal, athletic director and other staff to discuss steps to take. They closed the gym, because the infected person had been there, and sanitized it, as well as desks, doorknobs and other surfaces throughout the school. The infected person was barred from returning until receiving clearance from a doctor.
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Principal Matthew Certo sent a letter to parents, students and staff Thursday saying "a member of the Lakeland community" was being treated for "what appears to be" MRSA. School officials are waiting for the results of a skin culture to confirm whether it's MRSA, the Record reported. MRSA can cause skin infections and fever , according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Serious cases can lead to bloodstream infections and pneumonia.
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