Second Look — Advocacy

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FDA recalls MRSA test
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced a Class I recall of Cepheid Xpert MRSA/SA Blood Culture Assay for Use with the GeneXpert Dx System. The manufacturer has received increasing numbers of complaints for false negative methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) results when compared to MRSA-positive results received from culture methods. All Cepheid MRSA/SA Blood Culture Assay products have the potential to generate infrequent rates of false negative MRSA results, which could result in incorrect treatment or delayed care for patients with MRSA infections. Customers are being instructed to conduct further antimicrobial susceptibility testing to determine the MRSA result when a MRSA negative/SA positive result is generated on the Cepheid MRSA/SA Blood Culture Assay. MRSA positive/SA positive results generated on the Cepheid MRSA/SA Blood Culture Assay can still be reported.

Industry involvement in CME
An article in the New York Times reports on the developing debate regarding industry funding of continuing medical education (CME). The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education recently announced that it would no longer grant credit to doctors for attending medical meetings that feature industry employees presenting product research. Although some experts say that such a move unfairly cuts physicians off from scientific knowledge, others suggest that the prohibition doesn’t go far enough. Total spending on CME courses peaked at $2.5 billion in 2007, with $1.2 billion paid for by industry.

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