NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Cepheid said today that it has received clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration to market its Xpert MRSA/SA Blood Culture test, which detects methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Staphylococcus aureus in blood culture bottles showing gram-positive cocci.
 
The approval follows the FDA's clearance of a version of Cepheid's test that detects MRSA/SA in skin and soft tissue infections, which the company announced on Monday.
 

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