JUNE 4, 2008 — /PRNewswire/ — MOORESVILLE, NC — Anpath Group, Inc. reports that its wholly owned subsidiary, EnviroSystems, Inc. (ESI), announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) accepted its submission to add additional claims to its disinfectant/sanitizer, EnviroTru(R) for use of the product as a sanitizer against the “superbug” MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) and VRE (vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecalis). Having received approval from the EPA for these additional claims, the company has commenced the state registration process, which it believes should be completed with the majority of states within 30 days.
EnviroTru(R) is a multi-purpose disinfectant, sanitizer, and deodorizing cleaner, effective against numerous organisms, and also meets EPA requirements for Toxicity Category IV (no harmful dermal, ocular, inhalation, or ingestion effects). EnviroTru(R) does not require protective clothing, gloves, or special ventilation and has passed the AMS 1452A, AMS 1453, and Boeing D6-7127 specifications for non-corrosion and materials compatibility.
J. Lloyd Breedlove, president and CEO of Anpath Group, says, “We are confident these additional claims will add to the growing market demand for EnviroTru(R). The timeliness of this registration is noteworthy considering the increased incidence of MRSA cases reported in public settings, particularly schools.” Breedlove continues, “These claims are a small part of our aggressive development and testing program intended to expand our product offering. Moreover, while the ability to kill potentially harmful microorganisms is important, it is just as important that the biocide have a favorable profile for health and environmental effects. It is not acceptable to trade one problem for another by using potentially harmful chemicals to clean and disinfect. ESI has a single goal — reduce biological risks by destroying a wide range of disease-causing microorganisms with minimum risk to our customer, surfaces, and the environment.”
MRSA is a bacterium responsible for difficult-to-treat infections in humans. MRSA is a resistant variation of the common bacterium Staphylococcus aureus. It has evolved an ability to survive treatment with beta-lactam antibiotics, including penicillin, methicillin, and cephalosporins. MRSA was discovered in 1961 in the UK and it is now found worldwide, and is often referred to in the press as a “superbug.” In the past decade or so, the number of MRSA infections in the United States has increased significantly. At the same time, a growing number of cases were noted in schools around the nation, with many closing their doors to scrub down their facilities. After the death of a 17-year-old Virginia student, the school district closed all 21 schools for cleaning. A 2007 report in Emerging Infectious Diseases, a publication of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), estimated that the number of MRSA infections treated doubled nationwide, from approximately 127,000 in 1999 to 278,000 in 2005, while at the same time deaths increased from 11,000 to more than 17,000. Another study led by the CDC and published in the Oct. 17, 2007 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association estimated that MRSA would have been responsible for 94,360 serious infections and associated with 18,650 hospital stay-related deaths in the United States in 2005. These figures suggest that MRSA infections are responsible for more deaths in the U.S. each year than AIDS.
Enterococci are bacteria that are normally present in the human intestines and in the urinary tract and are often found in the environment. These bacteria can sometimes cause infections. Vancomycin is an antibiotic that is often used to treat infections caused by Enterococci. In some instances, Enterococci have become resistant to this drug and thus are called vancomycin-resistant Enterococci faecalis (VRE).
About Anpath Group
Anpath Group, Inc., through its wholly owned subsidiary EnviroSystems, Inc., produces cleaning and disinfecting products that it believes will help prevent the spread of infectious microorganisms while minimizing the harmful effects to people, equipment or the environment.
EnviroSystems, Inc. is focused on safe infection prevention technologies that the company believes will position the company in the forefront of the industry at a time when there is rapidly growing awareness of the critical need to prevent biological risks — both natural and man-made.