Dr. Nicholas Kartsonis Discusses Merck’s History In Infectious Disease and Their Ongoing Research Plus Some Of The Company’s Current Treatments, Including Dificid, To Address C. diff. Infections (CDI)

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Let us introduce you to the first internet radio talk show dedicated to C. diff. and more……

C. diff. Spores and More”

 

UPCOMING SHOW:  TODAY ~ Tuesday, May 26th: 

 Dr. Nicholas Kartsonis;  Merck Research Laboratories (MRL)

Join us today, Tuesday, May 26th,  as our guest Dr. Nicholas Kartsonis , Associate Vice President of Clinical Research for Infectious Diseases for Merck Research Laboratories (MRL) and Section Head within MRL for antibiotics, antibacterials and cytomegalovirus  shares his time and discusses the past, present, and future contributions of Merck Research Laboratories.  

Dr. Kartsonis joined Merck Research Laboratories in February 2000 and has been actively involved in programs for new antibacterials, antifungals, anti-HIV, anti-CMV, and agents targeted against C. difficile infection.  Most recently, he has led the efforts to ensure the integration of the Cubist Pharmaceuticals clinical research portfolio within Merck. 

 Dr. Kartsonis will provide an overview of Merck’s current efforts to address the worldwide public health crisis posed by antimicrobial resistance, as well as the company’s history in infectious disease and antimicrobial stewardship. In addition, he will talk about the company’s current treatment for C. difficile and ongoing research efforts to address C. difficile infections (CDI).

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We are pleased to share C. diff. Spores and More” with you because, as advocates of C. diff., we know how important this cutting-edge new weekly radio show means for our Foundation’s community worldwide.

Hard Facts: Deaths and illnesses are much higher than reports have shown. Nearly half a million Americans suffered from Clostridium difficile (C. diff.) infections in a single year according to a study released today, February 25, 2015, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

• More than 100,000 of these infections developed among residents of U.S. nursing homes.

Approximately 29,000 patients died within 30 days of the initial diagnosis of a C. diff. infection. Of these 29,000 – 15,000 deaths were estimated to be directly related to a
C. diff. infection. Therefore; C. diff. is an important cause of infectious disease death in the U.S.
Previous studies indicate that C. diff. has become the most common microbial cause of Healthcare-Associated Infections found in U.S. hospitals driving up costs to $4.8 billion each year in excess health care costs in acute care facilities alone. Approximately
two-thirds of C. diff. infections were found to be associated with an inpatient stay in a health care facility, only 24% of the total cases occurred in patients while they were hospitalized. The study also revealed that almost as many cases occurred in nursing homes as in hospitals and the remainder of individuals acquired the
Healthcare-Associated infection, C. diff., recently discharged from a health care facility.

This new study finds that 1 out of every 5 patients with the Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI), C. diff., experience a recurrence of the infection and 1 out of every 9 patients over the age of 65 diagnosed with a HAI – C. diff. infection died within 30 days of being diagnosed. Older Americans are quite vulnerable to this life-threatening diarrhea infection. The CDC study also found that women and Caucasian individuals are at an increased risk of acquiring a C. diff. infection. The CDC Director, Dr. Tom Frieden, MD, MPH said, “C. difficile infections cause immense suffering and death for thousands of Americans each year.” “These infections can be prevented by improving antibiotic prescribing and by improving infection control in the health care system. CDC hopes to ramp up prevention of this deadly infection by supporting State Antibiotic Resistance Prevention Programs in all 50 states.”

“This does not include the number of C. diff. infections taking place and being treated in other countries.”  “The  CDF supports hundreds of communities by sharing the CDF mission and    raising C. diff. awareness to healthcare professionals, individuals, patients, families,  and communities working towards a shared goal ~  witnessing a reduction of newly diagnosed            C. diff. cases by 2020 .”   ” The CDF Volunteers are greatly appreciated as they create positive changes sharing their time so generously worldwide aiding in the success of our mission and raising C. diff. awareness.”

C. diff. Spores and More” spotlights world renown topic experts, research scientists, healthcare professionals, organization representatives, C. diff. survivors, board members, and their volunteers who are all creating positive changes in the C. diff. community and more.

Through their interviews, the CDF mission will connect, educate, and empower many worldwide.

 

Questions received through the show page portal will be reviewed and addressed  by the show’s Medical Correspondent, Dr. Fred Zar, MD, FACP,  Dr. Fred Zar is a Professor of Clinical Medicine, Vice HeZarPhotoWebsiteTop (2)ad for Education in the Department of Medicine, and Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Over the last two decades he has been a pioneer in the study of the treatment of Clostridium difficile disease and the need to stratify patients by disease severity.

 

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