June 1, 2018

By Angela Kelly

“I Had A Fecal Transplant and It Saved My Life”

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May 29, 2018 [HuffPost Personal]
Tracy Tuft writes candidly about her experience with refractory C. diff and, with her husband as her donor, the fecal transplant that saved her life.

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Treating Multiple Recurrence in C. Difficile Infection

May 31, 2018 [MD Magazine] A recently released Peer Exchange video discusses treating patients with multiple C. diff recurrences. Dr. Darrell S. Pardi of the Mayo Clinic discusses the mechanism of fecal microbiota transplants, “This (FMT) restores the normal microbiome and so-called colonization resistance so that if a C. diff germinates, it has no place to infect.” Dr. Yoav Golan discusses why he uses bezlotoxumab with vancomycin or fidaxomicin before moving to FMT and how using bezlotoxumab in patients who are high risk for C. diff (including patients who have had previous episodes of C. diff) offers a substantial reduction in recurrence.

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Merck and Premier® Collaborating to Help Reduce Clostridium difficile Infection

May 31, 2018 [Business Wire]  “By increasing clinician and patient knowledge of this often prolonged, and sometimes deadly infection, and developing and testing a software-based application to help reduce the recurrence of C. diff infection by improving follow-up and management, we believe there is a strong potential to make a real difference to address this critical public health problem.” -Sam Bozzette, M.D., Ph.D., Vice President and Chief Scientist of Premier’s Retrospective and Interventional Research Division, Premier Applied Sciences®

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