November 9th 2023
With the addition of 2 new live biotherapeutic products, a clinician reviews the application, storage and administration techniques for them.
November 8th 2023
New data showed an approximate 60% success rate of recurrent C difficile prevention in adults with comorbid conditions including CKD and cardiac disease.
November 6th 2023
New phase 1b data supports further investigation into Adiso Therapeutic's prospective treatment, ADS024.
November 1st 2023
This market has seen a flurry of activity, as shown by a review of the latest agents.
October 23rd 2023
This class of medications were associated with a greater risk of Clostridioides difficile infection (CDI).
Lumen Bioscience Awarded Government Funding for its Trial for C Diff Oral Therapy
Company plans to start recruiting for its REPREVE study this year.
Deaths from GI, Liver and Pancreatic Diseases Increased in COVID-19 Pandemic
Excess death risks from GI diseases, above pre-pandemic patterns, were largest for C difficile colitis, followed by GI hemorrhage, ulcers, and colorectal cancer.
Analyzing the Microbiome After Live Biotherapeutic Product Treatment
Investigators explored the makeup of antibiotic resistant genes after administration of the live biotherapeutic product, Rebyota (fecal microbiota, Live-jslm), to see what differences would be discovered.
This Week's Infectious Disease News Update
In this week's infectious disease news, the Novavax COVID-19 booster gets authorized in the US; Moderna reports topline data on its influenza-COVID-19 combination vaccine; the differences between live biotherapeutic products and conventional FMTs; and the influence of alcohol on hepatitis C treatment.
Differentiating Between Live Biotherapeutic Products and Conventional FMTs
Without regulations for donation practices for conventional fecal microbiota transplants (FMT), clinicians need to consider which therapeutic agents for recurrent C difficile treatment to utilize.
Screening for Asymptomatic C difficile in ICU Admissions Reveals Risk for Infections
Screening for Clostridioides difficile in all admissions to ICU identified asymptomatic carriers and their risk for developing and/or transmitting infection.
These Antibiotics Are Associated With C diff Infection, Small Study Shows
Antimicrobials such as clindamycin, cephalosporins, penicillins, and fluoroquinolones have been linked with causing C diff infection in prior research.
C Diff, COVID-19 Coinfection Risk Greatest in Older Women
Those with certain comorbidities, including peptic ulcer disease and renal failure, were at additional risk of developing C diff infection.
This Week's Biggest News Stories
Learn more about how hospitalizations due to alcohol-associated hepatitis increased during the pandemic; the next installment in our ongoing RSV series; developing a product for a potential functional cure of hepatitis B; and an investigational vaccine being studied in a challenge trial for norovirus.
The News in Infectious Disease
Learn more about an investigational antibiotic; a new series on the RSV pipeline and recently approved products; a review of an older antibiotic for a specific STI treatment; and a patient advocate's experience with C diff.
Assessing Risk for C diff With Various Antibiotics
A new study found a higher risk of CDI associated with clindamycin and lower risk associated with doxycycline and minocycline, also highlighting variation in CDI risk within and between classes of antibiotics.
The Latest Infectious Disease News
In this week's biggest stories, masks are seeing a small resurgence; expanding HCV screening for all persons with HIV; Pfizer's maternal vaccine gets FDA approved; and how a risk-based screening for multidrug-resistant gut microbes could improve accuracy and timeliness of empiric antibiotic treatment
This Week's News In Infectious Disease
This week: the FDA accepts NDA for investigational antibiotic; mRNA COVID-19 vaccines update protections; counseling families on nirsevimab; and how antibiotic actions on gut microbes of patients might affect the microbiome of housemates.
Pursuing Better Metric for Hospital-Onset C difficile Infections
Reconciling that C difficile infection is classified as hospital-onset based only on laboratory identification, while diagnoses is made from multiple factors.
Testing the Safety of Bezlotoxumab to Treat C difficile in Children
Recently published data of bezlotoxumab dosing and safety in children with C diff was basis for expanding approval from just adults to as young as 1 years old.
Proposing Better Measure of C difficile Response to Treatment
EXPAND Cdiff international group of infectious disease specialists propose changing criteria for initial and sustained response to antibiotic treatment.
Hospitals Finds Low Rates of Asymptomatic Toxigenic C difficile Carriage
The study was designed to help scientists better understand how to prevent in-hospital transmission of C difficile.
Safety of Rebyota for Prevention of Recurrent C Diff Infection Confirmed in Large Dataset
The first FDA-approved fecal microbiota product maintained a positive safety profile in the largest safety evaluation to date with up to 2 years of safety data.
This Week's Top Five Infectious Disease Stories
Coverage this week included how COVID-19 vaccines in patients with cancer fared; analysis of non-COVID-19 adult vaccines; a company is developing a platform to enable engineering of the first recombinant human polyclonal antibody therapies with the goal of creating a functional cure for hepatitis b; and how a hospital modified testing for C difficile.
2-Step Testing Helps Predict and Treat Recurrent C difficile Infection
This study explores the effectiveness of PCR and toxin EIA testing in predicting C difficile infection (CDI) outcomes. The research reveals that patients with negative toxin results were less likely to experience CDI recurrence within 30 days.
Largest Safety Evaluation of Microbiota-Based Therapeutic Reveals Rebyota's Positive Profile
Rebyota, the first FDA-approved microbiota-based live biotherapeutic for preventing recurrent Clostridioides difficile infection (rCDI), has been the subject of a groundbreaking safety analysis.
Hospital Modifies Testing for C difficile to Ascertain Actual Rate of Hospital-Acquired Infection
Hospital posits that testing for C diff in patients without symptoms inflates rate of hospital-acquired infection with cases of asymptomatic colonization.
Examining Vitamin D’s Role in Preventing C diff
A new study looks at vitamin D’s role in acting as a deterrent to the proliferation of C diff bacteria.
Weekly Recap: The Infectious Disease News You Missed
Which COVID-19 vaccine is associated with Guillain-Barré Syndrome? What's the newest C difficile therapy? Contagion's weekly infectious disease recap has you covered.
Reviewing Real-World Cases of C diff Biotherapeutic
Here is a brief report of 5 cases of the use of fecal microbiota, live-jslm (Rebyota) in the management of recurrent Clostridioides difficile infection.
C Diff Patient Group Continues Advocacy With FDA Session, Day on Capitol Hill
The Peggy Lillis Foundation (PLF) for C diff Education & Advocacy has been busy this year in Washington DC with an FDA event and their Summit and Advocacy Day with lawmakers.
P-Cresol Inhibitors May Reduce CDI Relapse, Study Suggests
Inhibiting production of para-cresol could be effective against Clostridioides difficile infection by reducing the pathogen’s ability to compete with other bacteria in the gut microbiome, a new study found.
Can Monoclonal Antibodies Prevent COVID-19? Assessing Cost-Effectiveness in a High-Risk Population
In a comprehensive economic evaluation, researchers assessed the cost-effectiveness of monoclonal antibodies as a preventive strategy for COVID-19.
Long COVID, C diff, Candida auris: This Week's Infectious Disease Stories to Watch
Stay informed about the long-term effects of COVID-19, prevention strategies for recurrent C diff, and the emerging threat of drug-resistant Candida auris.
Benefits vs Risks: Fecal Microbiota Transplant for Recurrent C difficile Infection
FMT is a promising intervention for immunocompetent patients with recurrent C difficile infection. However, the safety of FMT remains inconclusive due to limited data on serious adverse events and mortality.
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