Becton Dickinson said this week that it has received US Food and Drug Administration clearance to market BD Max StaphSR Assay for use on the BD Max automated molecular testing system.

The new assay is designed to detect Staphylococcus aureus and methicillin-resistant S. aureus DNA directly from nasal swabs in approximately two hours. It can detect mecA dropout mutants and other new strains of MRSA that may not be detected by other assays, BD said.

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