ICT Business News

February 8, 2002

GAITHERSBURG, Md-US Army officials have agreed to test pharmaceuticals created y Antex Biologics Inc. The company's antibiotic compound will be used in military bioterrorism research.

The antibiotic was created to treat skin and soft tissue infections caused by resistant microorganisms-specifically Vancomycin Resistant Enterococci(VRE) and Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus. When testing the antibiotic, researchers found it was particularly efficacious in fighting Bacilus cereus. The bacteria is spore forming, similar to the cause of anthrax infections, Bacillus anthracis.

Antex Biologics is a wholly owned subsidiary.

Tyco, CR Bard Terminate Merger Talks

CHICAGO-Officials from Tyco and CR Bard have cancelled a possible merger.

Shares of Bard opened higher on the markets Thursday after the announcement.

Bard, based in Murray-Hill, New Jersey, manufacturers a variety of medical equipment including vascular, oncology, and urology products.

Tyco officials recently announced the Bermuda-based business would be splitting into four separate companies. Their stock has fallen more than 50% in the past few weeks, reportedly over concerns of the company's accounting practices.

Allegiance Healthcare Creates New Glove

McGAW PARK, Ill-Engineers at Allegiance Healthcare, a Cardinal Health company, have created Esteem-a synthetic surgical glove that reportedly provides greater durability than other gloves on the market.

Esteem is a synthetic powder-free glove created from polyisoprene. The glove does not have the allergens and impurities found in natural rubber gloves.

For more information, log onto: www.cardinal.com/allegiance

Sani-Dex Wipes Now Offered in Deep-Well Lid

ORANGEBURG, NY-Professional Disposables International (PDI), manufacturers of Sani-Dex antimicrobial hand wipes have announced the wipes will not be offered in a new deep well lid.

The wipes are pre-saturated with antimicrobial surgical scrub PCMX and ethanol alcohol and are reportedly efficient in killing: gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, Methicillin-Reisistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA), Vancomycin Resistant Enterococcus faecalis (VRE), Staphylococcus Aureus, and Salmonella.

The new lid feature allows healthcare workers to take one wipe at a time, keeping the other wipes moist and ready for future use.

For more information, log onto: www.pdipdi.com