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We identified 21 and 33 children with similar demographic features who had developed invasive pneumococcal disease within 1 month of receiving azithromycin or a beta-lactam antibiotic, respectively. Eleven (52%) children in the azithromycin group and 11 (33%) in the beta-lactam group met the definition for treatment failures (P = 0.34). Eight treatment failures while receiving azithromycin were caused by pneumococci with the macrolide-resistant (M) phenotype, 2 with the macrolide-, lincosamide- and streptogramin B-resistant (MLSB) phenotype and 1 by a macrolide-susceptible organism. In the beta-lactam group 7 had a penicillin-resistant isolate, 3 had an intermediately susceptible isolate and 1 had a susceptible isolate.
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Airflow obstruction is a rare but fatal complication following allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. It is noninfectious, relatively late, and primarily affects small airways, ultimately leading to their obliteration. If airflow obstruction is consistent with obliteration histologically, the condition is often called bronchiolitis obliterans. This review of literature published recently evaluates progress made in this field.
CA-MHB and Roswell Park Memorial Institute (RPMI) 1640 medium (used for growing eukaryotic cells) were compared for measuring azithromycin MICs (with or without Phe-Arg-β-naphthylamide [PAβN], an efflux inhibitor), [(14)C]-clarithromycin accumulation, azithromycin-induced protein synthesis inhibition, oprM (encoding the outer-membrane protein coupled with MexAB and MexXY efflux systems) expression, outer-membrane permeability (tested with 1-N-phenylnaphthylamine and nitrocefin), and synergy (determined by checkerboard assay) between azithromycin and outer-membrane disrupting agents. Key experiments were repeated with CA-MHB supplemented with serum, mouse bronchoalveolar lavage fluid, other macrolides, and other gram-negative bacteria.
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Azithromycin, a new antibiotic chemically related to erythromycin, has been proposed for the cure of Helicobacter pylori, achieving high gastric tissue levels (above the MIC for H. pylori) after oral administration. The aim of the study was to establish whether azithromycin plus metronidazole in association with either omeprazole or bismuth subcitrate is useful in curing H. pylori infection of the stomach.
Trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole (TMP/SMX) appears to be useful for prophylaxis against toxoplasmosis in patients with AIDS. The most effective TMP/SMX dose for prevention of toxoplasmosis needs to be determined. Dapsone in combination with pyrimethamine therapy may be an effective alternative for toxoplasmosis prophylaxis. The most effective regimen for the treatment of AIDS-related toxoplasmosis is the combination therapy of pyrimethamine/sulfadiazine. In patients who cannot tolerate sulfadiazine therapy because of adverse effects or allergy, pyrimethamine with clindamycin therapy may be considered as a second-line alternative. Lifelong suppressive therapy is required after either treatment regimen to prevent relapse. Other newer agents such as azithromycin, clarithromycin, atovaquone, or timetrexate-leucovorin need further studies to confirm their true effectiveness in the treatment of toxoplasmosis.
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Both combination kits with local clotrimazole were reasonably effective and safe in the syndromic approach for lower genital infections. The combination kit with azithromycin, secnidazole and fluconazole was more effective with better symptomatic relief and less recurrence rate and may be routinely recommended in all cases of lower genital infection as a cost effective, safe and effective strategy.
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We identified patients with azithromycin-induced liver injury from the Drug-Induced Liver Injury Network Prospective Study who had causality scores of definite, highly likely, or probable. Demographic, clinical, and laboratory data and 6-month outcomes were examined.
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Fourteen- and 15-member macrolide antibiotics are under investigation as potential therapeutic agents for cystic fibrosis (CF). The nonantibiotic mechanisms of action of these compounds in CF are not understood. We used nasal potential difference (NPD) measurements to test the effect of macrolides on airway epithelial ion (chloride, sodium) transport of CF mice and humans. We tested clarithromycin and azithromycin in mice, and clarithromycin in patients with CF. Baseline and post-treatment NPD was measured in two strains (C57Bl6 and BalbC) of CF transmembrane regulator "knockout" and littermate control mice, and in DeltaF508/DeltaF508 mice. In addition, NPD was measured in 18 human subjects with CF (17 DeltaF-508/DeltaF-508 and 1 DeltaF-508/other) who were undergoing a 12-month, randomized, double-blind crossover study of the effects of clarithromycin on pulmonary outcome in CF. Neither clarithromycin nor azithromycin affected ion transport characteristics of normal or CF nasal epithelium in either mouse or humans. We conclude that the apparent beneficial effects of macrolides on pulmonary outcome in CF are not mediated by their modulation of ion transport.
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Initial resistance to antibiotics is the main reason for the failure of Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) eradication in children.
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The effects of antibiotic therapy on the course of postvenereal reactive arthritis have not yet been elucidated.
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Survival, quality of life, quality-adjusted survival, health care costs and marginal cost-effectiveness ratios.
With the rising development of bacterial resistance the search for new medical treatments beyond conventional antimicrobials has become a key aim of public health research. Possible innovative strategies include the inhibition of bacterial virulence. However, consideration must be given to the evolutionary and environmental consequences of such new interventions. Virulence and cooperative social behaviour of the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa rely on the quorum-sensing (QS) controlled production of extracellular products (public goods). Hence QS is an attractive target for anti-virulence interventions. During colonization, non-cooperating (and hence less virulent) P. aeruginosa QS-mutants, benefiting from public goods provided by wild type isolates, naturally increase in frequency providing a relative protection from invasive infection. We hypothesized that inhibition of QS-mediated gene expression removes this growth advantage and selection of less virulent QS-mutants, and maintains the predominance of more virulent QS-wild type bacteria. We addressed this possibility in a placebo-controlled trial investigating the anti-QS properties of azithromycin, a macrolide antibiotic devoid of bactericidal activity on P. aeruginosa, but interfering with QS, in intubated patients colonized by P. aeruginosa. In the absence of azithromycin, non-cooperating (and hence less virulent) lasR (QS)-mutants increased in frequency over time. Azithromycin significantly reduced QS-gene expression measured directly in tracheal aspirates. Concomitantly the advantage of lasR-mutants was lost and virulent wild-type isolates predominated during azithromycin treatment. We confirmed these results in vitro with fitness and invasion experiments. Azithromycin reduced growth rate of the wild-type, but not of the lasR-mutant. Furthermore, the lasR-mutant efficiently invaded wild-type populations in the absence, but not in the presence of azithromycin. These in vivo and in vitro results demonstrate that anti-virulence interventions based on QS-blockade diminish natural selection towards reduced virulence and therefore may increase the prevalence of more virulent genotypes in the Hospital environment. More generally, the impact of intervention on the evolution of virulence of pathogenic bacteria should be assessed.
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In remote regions of WA where gonorrhoea is highly endemic, <5% of N. gonorrhoeae isolates were penicillinase-producing. This contrasts with rates of up to 20% observed in the more densely populated metropolitan and rural regions.
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Surgery to correct trichiasis appears to provide significant visual acuity improvement as well as a decrease in subjective concerns in patients with trachomatous trichiasis.
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Recognition of a worldwide increase of penicillin-resistant Streptococcus pneumoniae and cross-resistance to other classes of antimicrobials have placed a great urgency on the need for new antimicrobial agents. Sparfloxacin, a novel pyridone carboxylic acid fluoroquinolone derivative was evaluated and compared to six other compounds for antimicrobial activity against erythromycin-resistant pneumococci (50 strains). The Etest susceptibility testing method was used to inoculate Mueller-Hinton agar supplemented with 5% sheep blood. There was extensive cross-resistance between erythromycin, clarithromycin (94%), and azithromycin (100%), but no cross-resistance was detected between macrolides/azalides and sparfloxacin (all strains susceptible at < or = 1.0 mu g/ml). Sparfloxacin (MIC90, 1 mu g/ml) was four-fold more active than ciprofloxacin and ofloxacin (MIC90, 4 mu g/ml). Sparfloxacin appears to possess excellent in vitro activity against erythromycin-resistant S. pneumoniae that were often highly resistant to beta-lactams, and further studies are recommended to investigate its in vivo efficacy against these multi-resistant organisms.
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Use of either doxycycline 200 mg or azithromycin 500 mg by mouth before IUD insertion confers little benefit. While the reduction in unscheduled visits to the provider was marginally significant, the cost-effectiveness of routine prophylaxis remains questionable. A uniform finding in these trials was the low risk of IUD-associated infection, with or without use of antibiotic prophylaxis.
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There has been inadequate evaluation of an antibiotic for eradication of nontyphoidal salmonellae (NTS) in asymptomatic carriers. In a randomized, placebo-controlled trial, such efficacy was evaluated using 2 five-day regimens (norfloxacin, 400 mg twice per day, and azithromycin, 500 mg once per day) compared with placebo. The study included 265 food workers in an area of Thailand where NTS are endemic who were asymptomatic NTS carriers. The presence of NTS in stool samples was assessed on days 7, 30, 60, and 90 after start of treatment. At each assessment visit, <4% of participants in each of the 3 groups carried an initial Salmonella serotype; 16%-35% had new Salmonella serotypes detected, except on day 7 in the azithromycin group, when the rate was 4%. Sanitation was good at work but not at home. Selection of multidrug-resistant Salmonella enterica serotype Schwarzengrund was demonstrated. The study regimens were not better than placebo for treatment of asymptomatic food workers who carried NTS in an area where these organisms are endemic, and use of the regimens resulted in antimicrobial resistance.
Pharmacists can be an important member of the patient care team by assisting with the development of dosing regimens. By optimizing the pharmacokinetic properties of the antimicrobial agents, regimens can be developed that are simple to manage. Newer approaches to simplifying dosing regimens include once-daily aminoglycoside therapy, continuous infusion beta-lactams, and utilizing agents with long half-lives such as ceftriaxone and azithromycin. These efforts could result in improved compliance and in some instances decrease costs and toxicities associated with antibiotic therapy.
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Streptococcus pneumoniae and Haemophilus influenzae are most important respiratory pathogens with increasing antimicrobial resistance among the key pathogens responsible for community-acquired respiratory tract infections and have the potential to limit the effectiveness of antibiotics available to treat these infections. In the present study, a total of 18 isolates of Streptococcus pneumoniae and 9 isolates of Haemophilus influenzae were characterised from specimens obtained from patients of acute respiratory tract infections including otitis media, tonsillitis, bronchitis, pneumonia and sinusitis. In the present study, all the Streptococcus pneumoniae isolates were sensitive to coamoxiclav and to cefixime, while they showed variable resistance to the other antibiotics screened. The degree of resistance to various antibiotics was as follows: Streptococcus pneumoniae showed resistance to cotrimoxazole (66.7%), azithromycin (55.6%), erythromycin (16.7%), chloramphenicol (16.7%), clindamycin (11.1%) and penicillin (11.1%). Haemophilus influenzae showed resistance to cefixime 100%, chloramphenicol 88.9%, penicillin 77.8%, erythromycin 77.8%, cefuroxime 77.8%, azithromycin 77.8%, and clindamycin 11.1%. The present study showed the emergence of variable resistance to penicillin, cotrimoxazole and other antibiotics.
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Shigellosis is an acute, severe bacterial colitis that, in high-income countries, is typically associated with travel to high-risk regions (Africa, Asia, and Latin America). Since the 1970s, shigellosis has also been reported as a sexually transmitted infection in men who have sex with men (MSM), in whom transmission is an important component of shigellosis epidemiology in high-income nations. We aimed to use sophisticated subtyping and international sampling to determine factors driving shigellosis emergence in MSM linked to an outbreak in the UK.
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We investigated the susceptibility to antibacterial agents, genotype of penicillin-binding protein (PBP) genes and macrolide resistant genes, and the serotypes against 270 strains of Streptococcus pneumoniae isolated from medical facilities in Gifu and Aichi prefectures between October 2011 and April 2012. These results were compared with those against S. pneumoniae isolated in 2008-2009 and 2010-2011. The number of gPSSP with 3 normal PBP genes, gPISP with 1 or 2 normal PBP genes and gPRSP with 3 abnormal genes isolated in 2011-2012 was 15 (5.6%), 162 (60.0%) and 93 (34.4%) strains, respectively. Compared with those isolated in 2008-2009 and 2010-2011, the numbers of gPRSP were decreasing. On the other hand, the isolates with no macrolide-resistant gene, only mefA, only ermB, and both mefA and ermB were 16 (5.9%), 75 (27.8%), 153 (56.7%) and 26 (9.6%). Compared with those isolated in 2008-2009 and 2010-2011, the numbers of isolates with ermB, which was usually associated with high-level resistance, were increasing. The prevalent pneumococcal serotypes in children were type 3 (14.4%), following by type 15 and 19F (9.3%). The coverages of 7-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV7) and 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) were calculated as 22.9% and 49.2%, respectively. The coverages of PCV7 and PCV13 in gPRSP isolated from children were 47.7% (21/44 strains) and 72.7% (32/44 strains). The MIC90 of each antibacterial agent was as follows; 0.125pg/mL for imipenem, panipenem and garenoxacin, 0.25 μg/mL for meropenem and doripenem, 0.5 μg/mL for cefditoren, moxifloxacin and tosufloxacin, 1 μg/mL for amoxicillin, clavulanic acid/amoxicillin, cefteram, cefcapene and ceftriaxone, 2 μg/mL for benzylpenicillin, ampicillin, sulbactam/ampicillin, piperacillin, tazobactam/piperacillin and levofloxacin, 4 μg/mL for cefdinir, flomoxef and pazufloxacin, 16 μg/mL for minocycline, > 64 μg/mL for clarithromycin and azithromycin, and these MIC90s were about the same as those in 2010-2011.
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To describe a strategy that identifies potentially drug-induced acute myocardial infarction (AMI) from a large international healthcare data network.