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Phage Therapy for Antibiotic-Resistant Infections Stops Many Amputations.

LOS ALTOS, Calif. -- First Bacteriophage Therapy Clinic in the Western World Now Open

Phage International Inc. announced today that Phage Therapy Center, Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, is expanding operations with the opening of Phage Therapy Center, Mexico. Patients with infected wounds that are resistant to antibiotics may now travel to PTC's new clinic in Tijuana, Mexico.

Infected wounds not responding to antibiotics often result in limb amputations. In the United States, lower limb amputations for those with diabetic foot ulcers total approximately 65,000 amputations each year, and those with difficult-to-treat infected wounds number in the 100s of thousands.

Phages or bacteriophage are bacteria-specific viruses that invade the bacterial cells. Lytic lytic /lyt·ic/ (lit´ik)
1. pertaining to lysis or to a lysin.

2. producing lysis.

1. Of, relating to, or causing lysis.

 phages disrupt bacterial metabolism and cause the bacterium to lyse lyse (liz)
1. to cause or produce disintegration of a compound, substance, or cell.

2. to undergo lysis.

lyse or lyze
To undergo or cause to undergo lysis.
. Like antibiotics, lytic phages have remarkable antibacterial activity.

Potential patients may visit to find out more details.

"PTC treats antibiotic-resistant infections and has saved people from amputation amputation (ăm'pyətā`shən), removal of all or part of a limb or other body part. Although amputation has been practiced for centuries, the development of sophisticated techniques for treatment and prevention of infection has greatly . Our clinic specializes in situations where bacteriophage therapy tends to be superior to standard antibiotic therapy in the US and Western Europe. Conditions treated include: Diabetic foot ulcers, Tropic ulcers, Osteomyelitis, Bedsores Bedsores Definition

Bedsores are also called decubitus ulcers, pressure ulcers, or pressure sores. These tender or inflamed patches develop when skin covering a weight-bearing part of the body is squeezed between bone and another body part, or a bed,
, Burns, Gingivitis gingivitis (jĭn'jəvī`tĭs), inflammation of the gums. It may be acute, subacute, chronic, or recurrent. The gums usually become red, swollen, and spongy, and bleed easily. , Parodontosis, Stomatitis Stomatitis Definition

Inflammation of the mucous lining of any of the structures in the mouth, which may involve the cheeks, gums, tongue, lips, and roof or floor of the mouth.
, and drug-resistant infections such as MRSA MRSA Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. See MARSA. , VRE, and others. We are proud to be able to bring Phage Therapy technology to Latin America. Bacteriophage technology has proven to be successful in dealing with even the most difficult of infections," said Vakhtang Beridze, PTC Georgia.

"We are delighted to be involved in helping to commercialize phage technology. The opening of Phage Therapy Center Mexico is the first step in making Phage therapy more widely available and is the first clinic to provide Phage therapy in the Western World. We will soon be providing training programs for western physicians and RN wound care specialists," said Ronald Goossens, President of PII.

Phage Therapy Center Georgia, a wholly owned subsidiary Wholly Owned Subsidiary

A subsidiary whose parent company owns 100% of its common stock.

In other words, the parent company owns the company outright and there are no minority owners.
 of PII, is a privately held medical clinic offering bacteriophage therapy to patients from across the globe.

Phage International, Inc. -- Los Altos, CA, a primary enabler of phage therapy, was formed in July of 2004. Its focus is bacteriophage human therapy to combat drug-resistant pathogens as well as to provide cost effective treatment for non-resistant pathogens. The company is in the process of opening a number of clinics.
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