22 Feb 2011
effectiveness and broad-spectrum activity of fluoroquinolones have made this
antibacterial class one of the most widely used, both in human medicine and
veterinary practice. In fact, the fluoroquinolone ciprofloxacin is the most
heavily consumed antibacterial agent worldwide. Fluoroquinolones have been
used to treat and prevent infections caused by Salmonella enterica, Campylobacter spp., Escherichia coli, Klebsiella
spp., Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Neisseria gonorrhoeae and Streptococcus pneumoniae.
17 Feb 2011
During his TEDMED talk in 2010, Thomas Goetz, editor of Wired
magazine, called prescription drug labeling, “one
of the most cynical exercises in medicine.” He was of course referring to the cipher of
information that accompanies pill bottles and drug advertisements—at its best
it’s overwhelming, at its worst it’s impenetrable.
8 Feb 2011
The article launches a broader “Symposium on Antimicrobial Therapy"--a series of 15 articles that come as "the past 2 decades have seen an unprecedented wave of new and old infections thrust into the public's attention." This
first installation provides an overview of antimicrobial treatment practices and includes several welcome nods to stewardship in a
section on judicious antimicrobial use.
From the article’s introduction: