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By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Antibiotics are overprescribed for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and particularly for mild-to-moderate disease, a large observational study reveals. "Antibiotic treatment brings both risks and benefits for patients," study coauthor Dr…
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Procalcitonin-guided antibiotic therapy is safe for individuals with ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), new research shows. And doing so will reduce antibiotics duration, according to the study authors.  To conduct their 5-year prospective cohort study, the researchers identified patients with…
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A telehealth-based antimicrobial stewardship program implemented at two community hospitals reduced prescribing of broad-spectrum antibiotics by nearly 25%. Researchers published their findings online in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.  Over a 6-month intervention period, infectious…
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By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Hospitalized patients with asymptomatic bacteriuria (ASB) are often inappropriately given antibiotics, which is unlikely to improve outcomes and may prolong hospital stay, new research suggests. "These data show the potential harm of using antibiotics…
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By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Oral antibiotic use appears to increase the risk of colon cancer and reduce the risk of rectal cancer, according to a database study. "Our findings highlight that careful and appropriate use of antibiotics is very important, not only for avoidance of…
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American Health Packaging is recalling 6579 cartons of doxycycline hyclate tablets because samples failed to meet dissolution specifications during routine testing, according to the August 7, 2019, US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Enforcement Report.  The recall affects doxycycline hyclate…
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Lupin Pharmaceuticals Inc. is recalling a single lot of gatifloxacin ophthalmic solution 0.5% due to complaints of missing product labels, according to the July 24, 2019, US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Enforcement Report.  The recall affects gatifloxacin ophthalmic solution 0.5% in 2.5-mL…
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Use of antibiotics without a prescription is common in the US, according to the results of a recent study. Researchers from Baylor College of Medicine conducted a scoping review including data from 31 studies reporting nonprescription use of antibiotics, storage of antibiotics, and factors…
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By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Patients hospitalized with pneumonia who receive antibiotic treatment longer than recommended durations have increased odds of reporting antibiotic-associated adverse events after discharge, according to a retrospective study. Antibiotics prescribed at…
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By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Each additional day of surgical antimicrobial prophylaxis increases the risks of acute kidney injury (AKI) and Clostridium difficile infection and does not lead to reductions in surgical site infections (SSIs), researchers say. "Clinicians are often…
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