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Category list : Drug resistance

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  • Not enough being done to develop new antibiotics despite increasing burden of resistance

    22 SEP 2009 13:42

    Cases of antibiotic-resistant Escherichia coli are increasing while infections from meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in some parts of the EU may have peaked and even started to decline, according to the conclusions of a new report (PDF, 890K).

  • Infectious diseases - the need for new antibiotics Subscription

    6 SEP 2009

    What went wrong with antibiotics, was a question posed in a leading article in the BMJ. It offered suggestions on ways to promote the rational use of antibiotics in order to stem the development of microbial resistance and to save money.This article appeared in 1984.1

  • Antimicrobial management - mechanisms of acquired resistance Subscription

    1 SEP 2009

    The use of antibiotics for treating bacterial infections is based on the fact that they exhibit selective toxicity. That is to say, they inhibit or kill bacteria but usually have minimal or no adverse effects on the cells or tissues of the infected host.

  • Antimicrobial management - the role of clinical pharmacists Subscription

    1 SEP 2009

    Micro-organisms resistant to antimicrobials, especially those with multiple resistances, are causing concerns within health care systems throughout the world. Infections become more difficult to treat and patients stay longer in hospital, with the associated increases in costs. Furthermore, because less safe antimicrobial agents have to be used when the more safe alternatives are no longer suitable due to resistance, the prevalence of unwanted effects of the medicines tends to increase

  • Time to review short courses of antibiotics Subscription

    16 JUN 2009

    Edward C. F. Wilson, MSc, is lecturer in health economics, Health Economics Group, School of Medicine, Health Policy and Practice, University of East Anglia, Norwich.John V. Wilson, MRPharmS, FRSPH, is pharmacist (retired) and former regional prescribing adviser, NHS Executive, Trent.

  • BMA wants greater pharmacist involvement with antibiotics Subscription

    9 JUN 2009 15:53

    Pharmacists should be more involved in writing local antibiotics prescribing policies to help in the fight against healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs), according to a report published by the British Medical Association today (9 June 2009).

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    New drive to reduce unnecessary requests for antibiotics

    17 FEB 2009 16:11

    Patients and clinicians in England are being targeted by a Government campaign launched today (17 February 2009) to remind them that antibiotics do not help treat viral infections, such as coughs and colds.

  • Antibiotic resistance and usage: a global problem that all must tackle

    28 NOV 2008 15:41

    Who should take responsibility for ensuring antibiotics are correctly used, and how can we educate users and prescribers? Nicola Cree reports 

  • EU Antibiotic Awareness Day

    Promoting prudent use of antibiotics Subscription

    13 NOV 2008 17:51

    18 November 2008 is EU Antibiotic Awareness Day. Esmita Charani and Jonathan Cooke, of the Advisory Committee on Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection, explain the importance of this new campaign 

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    Peri-operative antibacterial prophylaxis Subscription

    1 AUG 2008

    When is peri-operative antibacterial prophylaxis appropriate?

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