Bacterial Infections

Prevalence of Antimicrobial-Contraindicated Drug Combo Prescribing Examined

By August 16, 2018

Researchers performed a cross-sectional study that included multiple year pooled data (2003 to 2011) from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS) and the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NHAMCS Outpatient Department).

Iclaprim Gets Priority Review for Acute Bacterial Skin/Skin Structure Infections

By August 15, 2018

Clinical data has indicated that the drug exhibits a low propensity for resistance development as well as a favorable tolerability profile.

Completing Sepsis Bundle Within an Hour Cuts Pediatric Mortality

August 14, 2018

Completing the entire bundle within 1 hour was associated with a lower risk of in-hospital mortality (odds ratio [OR], 0.59; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.38 to 0.93; P=.02).

Omadacycline Gets FDA Committee Nod for Skin Infections, Pneumonia

By August 09, 2018

The Committee's recommendation was based on data from the omadacycline global development program that included nearly 2000 adults in three Phase 3 studies.

FDA Panel Votes on Therapy for Nontuberculous Mycobacterial Lung Disease

By August 09, 2018

The recommendation was supported by materials developed from the ALIS New Drug Application (NDA), which included data from the CONVERT study.

New Tick Species Spreading in the United States

August 09, 2018

The ticks can reproduce rapidly and suck so much blood from a young animal that it dies, The Times reported.

Ciprofloxacin May Up Likelihood of Aortic Dissection, Rupture

August 06, 2018

Increased susceptibility observed in mouse model of sporadic aortic aneurysm and dissection

Some Bacteria Now More Tolerant of Alcohol-Based Sanitizers

August 06, 2018

Enterococci bacteria surviving exposure for longer periods of time

Dog's Saliva Caused Bacterial Infection Leading to Amputations

August 03, 2018

Doctors diagnosed Manteufel with a rare blood infection caused by Capnocytophaga canimorsus, which is commonly found in the saliva of most healthy dogs and is usually not harmful to humans, the Post reported.

CDC: <i>Salmonella</i>-Tainted Melon Outbreak Appears to Be Over

July 27, 2018

No deaths have been reported. Illnesses have been reported in Arkansas (1), Florida (1), Illinois (7), Indiana (14), Kentucky (1), Michigan (39), Missouri (11), Ohio (2), and Tennessee (1).

FDA Clears Smartphone-Enabled Urinalysis Kit for Home Use

By July 25, 2018

The Dip.io kit works in tandem with existing smartphone cameras and a dedicated app.

<i>Salmonella</i> Spurs Recall of Ritz Crackers

July 24, 2018

No illnesses associated with the recalled Ritz products have been reported, according to the New Jersey-based company.

Zemdri Now Available for the Treatment of Complicated UTI, Pyelonephritis

By July 20, 2018

Zemdri carries a Boxed Warning describing reports of nephrotoxicity, ototoxicity, and neuromuscular blockade, as well as fetal harm if administered during pregnancy.

Availability of Generic Antivirals for Hepatitis B Increasing

July 20, 2018

Researchers examined the patent and licensing status of entecavir and tenofovir using the Medicines Patent Pool MedsPaL database.

Lyme-Bearing Ticks More Widespread in US Than Thought

July 20, 2018

"Disease-carrying ticks were detected in 83 counties where they'd never been found before."People should be aware of ticks and tick-borne disease, even when they may think there's not a recorded incidence of a tick in a county."

Inappropriate Prescribing of Antibiotics High in Urgent Care Centers

July 17, 2018

Patterns of antibiotic prescribing vary substantially by care setting

FDA: Illnesses Tied to Fresh Crab Meat Imported From Venezuela

July 17, 2018

Four people had to be hospitalized, the FDA said. People dining out or buying crab meat at a grocery store should ask where it came from, and should throw away any crab meat of unknown origin.

100 Now Sickened by Salmonella-Tainted Honey Smacks Cereal

July 16, 2018

Thirty people have been hospitalized, but no deaths have been reported

Is Short-Course Antibiotic Treatment for CAP Effective?

By July 11, 2018

To investigate what impact antibiotic treatment duration has on CAP outcomes, researchers from the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University conducted a search of various databases for studies comparing the safety and efficacy of treatment regimens lasting ≤6 days (short) and ≥7 days (long).

FDA Strengthens Warnings for Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics

By July 10, 2018

The labeling changes are based on a review of postmarketing adverse event reports found in the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS) database and published medical literature.

Blister Packs for Several Meds Recalled Due to Risk of Harm to Children

By July 09, 2018

The recall affects approximately 470,000 units that include drugs packaged with 3 to 10 tablets per blister card. The blister packs were developed for use in hospitals, however some were sent to retail pharmacies and were likely dispensed for in-home use.

Vegetable Trays Tainted With <i>Cyclospora</i> Put Seven in Hospital

July 04, 2018

185 laboratory-confirmed cases of cyclosporiasis in persons who reported consuming vegetable trays

Irrigation Water Likely Cause of Romaine Lettuce <i>E. Coli</i> Outbreak

July 03, 2018

According to the CDC, outbreak that started in the spring and is now over

Azithromycin Cuts Pulmonary Exacerbation in CF With Early <i>Pa</i>

June 28, 2018

Risk of pulmonary exacerbation down for children with cystic fibrosis, early Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Idaho Pharmacists Able to Prescribe Meds for Several Conditions on July 1

By June 27, 2018

The new rule allows pharmacists to prescribe medications for cold sores, seasonal influenza, strep throat, and urinary tract infections, as well as statins for patients with diabetes.

New App Lets Consumers Order STD Tests and Get Treatment via Telemedicine

By June 27, 2018

Results - including the date you were checked and a list of what you were checked for - can be shared by users through text, e-mail or on dating profiles.

AMA Adopts Ethical Guidance on Medical Tourism

June 27, 2018

Medical tourism can raise issues of safety and quality, particularly for care that is unapproved or legally or ethically prohibited in the United States.

Zemdri Approved to Treat Complicated Urinary Tract Infections

By June 26, 2018

Zemdri carries a Boxed Warning describing reports of nephrotoxicity, ototoxicity, and neuromuscular blockade, as well as fetal harm if administered during pregnancy.

AMA: Docs Declare Drug Shortages Public Health Emergency

June 26, 2018

The AMA will urge the Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Homeland Security to examine drug shortages as a national security initiative in response to hazards that pose a threat to the resilience of drug production.

Antibiotic-Methotrexate Combo Leads to Serious Side Effects in RA Patient

By June 25, 2018

The case involved a 68-year-old female patient with rheumatoid arthritis on methotrexate 10mg weekly who presented to the emergency department with complaints of lethargy and weakness after being prescribed a 2-week course of TS for a bacterial skin infection.