Tuesday, October 25, 2011

0 News: Antibiotic Shortages Affect Patients

This just in from the Internal Medicine website: Antimicrobial Shortages Affect Patient Quality.

For those who are treating tickborne illnesses, this excerpt may be particularly of importance to you:

"The drugs reported most frequently to be unavailable or in short supply include the intravenous formulation of trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole (Bactrim), amikacin (Amikin), aztreonam (Azactam), foscarnet (Foscavir), and penicillin G."

Other drugs are listed as well, of which the shortage will affect many people this flu season as one of them is Tamiflu.

(Now would be a good time for more startups to invest in not only antibiotic drug development, but phage therapy as well.)

MORE on how patients have been affected and why this is happening can be found at the link: http://www.internalmedicinenews.com/newsletter/conference-coverage/singleview40841/id-docs-antimicrobial-shortages-threaten-patient-care-quality/802aeb528c.html

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