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  • Serious and Growing Problem of Antibiotic Resistance [hide all summaries]
    (June 2004)
    In a current campaign to educate doctors and the public about the seriousness of the problem of antibacterial resistance, the Federal Centers for Disease Control, part of the Department of Health and Human Services, has published these worrisome statistics: Each year nearly 2 million patients in the United States get an infection in a hospital. Of those patients, about 90,000 die as a result of their infection. They recommend avoiding unnecessary use of antibiotics or the wrong antibiotic and list, for patients, principles to follow.
  • Improper Antibiotic Treatment for Bladder Infections [hide all summaries]
    (June 2004)
    In a recent study of more than 13,000 women going to a doctor because of a bladder infection, more than 95% of whom had an acute bladder infection (not a recurrent one), only 37% were prescribed the preferred treatment for this condition:
  • Drug Induced Psychiatric Symptoms (Part 2) [hide all summaries]
    (November 2002)
    This is the second of a two-part series on drug-induced psychiatric symptoms that began in last month’s Worst Pills, Best Pills News. The information is based on the July 8, 2002 issue of The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics. Article lists drugs and adverse effects.
  • Drug Induced Psychiatric Symptoms [hide all summaries]
    (October 2002)
    This is the first of a two part series on drug induced psychiatric symptoms that is based on the July 8, 2002 issue of The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics. Regular readers of Worst Pills, Best Pills News will recognize The Medical Letter as a reference source written for physicians and pharmacists that we often use because of its reputation as an objective and independent source of drug information. The article lists the drugs and their psychiatric adverse effects.
  • Do Not Use! The Fluoroquinolone Antibiotic Gatifloxacin (TEQUIN) [hide all summaries]
    (July 2002)
    The approval of gatifloxacin(TEQUIN) in October 2001 brought to nine the number of fluoroquinolone antibiotics on the market, and this drug joins sparfloxacin (ZAGAM) and moxifloxacin (AVELOX) as fluoroquinolones that can cause a dangerous abnormality in the heart’s electrical conduction known as QT prolongation that can lead to fatal heart rhythm disturbances such as torsade de pointes.
  • Do Not Use Until 2007! Cefditoren (SPECRACEF) - Old Japanese Antibiotic Debuts in U.S. [hide all summaries]
    (March 2002)
    Cefditoren (SPECTRACEF) was approved for sale by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in November 2001 making it the 23rd member of the cephalosporin family of antibiotics (semisynthetic relations of penicillin) and the 11th member of the sub-group known as third generation cephalosporins. The drug has been available in Japan since 1994.
  • Drugs for Possible Exposure to Anthrax: What Makes Sense? [hide all summaries]
    (November 2001)
    With each new day come new reports of exposures, possible exposures and what turn out to be fake exposures to anthrax. Originally coming from Florida, reports are now emanating from other states including New York, Nevada and the District of Columbia.

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