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Empiric antibiotic use surges despite no increase in nosocomial pathogens

August 4, 2015

The use of broad-spectrum antibiotics increased during a 5-year duration despite no increase in nosocomial pathogens, according to recent findings published in Clinical Infectious Diseases.

The rise in empiric antibiotic therapies appears to correspond with guidelines published in 2005 by the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the American Thoracic Society, which recommend empiric coverage of MRSA and Pseudomonas aeruginosa in patients at risk for health care-associated pneumonia (HCAP).

In the Journals

Scoring system predicts fibrosis in chronic HBV patients

August 4, 2015
Researchers have developed a new, simple scoring system that determined the severity of fibrosis in patients with hepatitis B virus genotype B or C infection and also…
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FDA issues PML warning for MS patients taking Gilenya

August 4, 2015
Following reports of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy among patients taking Gilenya for multiple sclerosis, the FDA has issued a warning of possible infection…

Janssen initiates phase 1 trial of Olysio/odalasvir for AL-335 pharmacokinetics

August 4, 2015
Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies has initiated a phase 1 clinical trial that will evaluate the effect of Olysio and odalasvir on the pharmacokinetics of AL-335, a…
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Compliance with infection control guidelines poor; worse in low-income countries

August 4, 2015
Compliance with recommended infection control guidelines in low- and middle-income countries is substandard, with opportunity for improvement in hospitalwide…
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