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The Superbug and New FDA Warning – Fluoroquinolone
Kentucky: Worst State For Overprescribing Antibiotics
On his weekly radio segment recently, Dr. Greg Davis discussed Kentucky’s position as the worst state for overprescribing antibiotics with University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy Professor Dr. David Burgess. The segment looked at the implications for the population of Kentucky.
Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has developed a program to assist prescribers in determining appropriate conditions for which antibiotics should be prescribed. The tool kit includes several webpages of patients, healthcare practitioners and partners with information about appropriate antibiotic use.
FDA Updates Warnings for Oral And Injectable Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics Due to Disabling Side Effects
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved changes to the labels of fluoroquinolone antibacterial drugs for systemic use (i.e., taken by mouth or by injection). These medicines are associated with disabling and potentially permanent side effects of the tendons, muscles, joints, nerves and central nervous system that can occur together in the same patient. As a result, the FDA revised the Boxed Warning, its strongest warning, to address these serious safety issues. FDA also added a new warning and updated other parts of the drug label, including the patient Medication Guide.
The Superbug That Doctors Have Been Dreading Just Reached The U.S.
For the first time, researchers found a person in the United States carrying bacteria resistant to antibiotics of last resort, an alarming development that the top U.S. public health official says could mean “the end of the road” for antibiotics.
The antibiotic-resistant strain was found earlier this year in the urine of a 49-year-old Pennsylvania woman. Defense Department researchers determined that she carried a strain of E. coli resistant to the antibiotic colistin, according to a study published in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, a publication of the American Society for Microbiology. The authors wrote that the discovery “heralds the emergence of a truly pan-drug resistant bacteria.”
Antibiotic Resistance Questions and Answers
From the basic to the emerging information, learn about antibiotic resistance through these frequently asked questions with answers from the CDC.