FDA Supports Expanded Claims for Xpert Carba-R Test for "Superbugs"

Xpert Carba-R Test is the First FDA-Cleared Molecular Test for Rapid Detection of Carbapenemase Producing Organisms Directly from Rectal Swab Specimens

SUNNYVALE, Calif., June 30, 2016 /PRNewswire/-- Cepheid (Nasdaq: CPHD) today announced that it has received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for expanded claims for Xpert® Carba-R, the first FDA-cleared test for detection of carbapenem resistance genes of multidrug resistant 'superbugs'. Following initial clearance in March for detection and differentiation of carbapenemase genes in pure bacterial isolates, the latest clearance extends use of the assay to the analysis of direct rectal swab specimens, and positions Xpert Carba-R as a valuable tool for the identification of colonized patients and as an aid to infection control efforts, both of which Cepheid believes are needed to escalate the fight against antimicrobial resistance.