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Pediatric EDs report limited adherence to antibiotic stewardship

February 27, 2017

Despite high antibiotic prescription rates by ED providers, pediatric EDs reported a lack of involvement in antimicrobial stewardship policies, including the creation of antibiotic recommendations, prescription monitoring and regulation of ED antibiotic prescribing, according to a recent survey.

“Each year, approximately 250 million antibiotic prescriptions are written from the ED; as many as 30% of antibiotics prescribed in the ED are considered either inappropriate or unnecessary,” Rakesh D. Mistry, MD, MS, of the Children’s Hospital of Colorado, and colleagues wrote. “ASP implementation for EDs can be challenging because of the unique approach to antibiotic prescribing in this fast-paced clinical setting, where need for empiric antibiotic therapy in the absence of a confirmatory diagnosis is common.”

EMA panel grants positive opinion for Viekirax-Exviera 8-week treatment

February 27, 2017
AbbVie received a positive opinion for 8-week treatment of genotype 1b chronic hepatitis C with combination Viekirax plus Exviera from the European Committee for…

WHO releases list of ‘priority pathogens’ in urgent need of new antibiotics

February 27, 2017
Today, WHO released its first-ever list of antibiotic-resistant “priority pathogens” that pose the greatest threat to human health. The list is intended to…
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Vitamin D decreases HCV cell replication, aids virologic response

February 27, 2017
Vitamin D decreased hepatitis C cell replication and appeared significantly associated with rapid virologic response in anti-viral therapy, according to study results…
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Oral PrEP protective in women with bacterial vaginosis

February 27, 2017
Oral pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, for HIV prevention has a similar efficacy in women with “abnormal” vs. “normal” vaginal microbiota…
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The Patient with Otitis Media

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Acute otitis media (AOM), a common disease of childhood, is diagnosed by careful otoscopy with an understanding of…
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$17.6 million grant supports development of global vaccine manufacturing platform

February 25, 2017
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation awarded a $17.6 million grant to researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of…
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Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI)

Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI)

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Maternal immunization confers needed infant protection against influenza, pertussis

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