Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Penicillin and Amoxicillin's days are numbered

03/01/2006 - The threat of antibiotic resistance reared its ugly head again after US researchers found that the most common antibiotic treatments do not work in a significant number of cases, leading for calls to find viable alternatives to ageing, established, antibiotics.

Antibiotic resistance has become a problem in the pharmaceutical industry that no one wants to or knows how to deal with. This could be because the acceptance of a need for alternatives would essentially mean pharma has lost confidence of antibiotics such as penicillin and amoxicillin.
Researchers from the University of Rochester started with the analysis of data from 11,426 children who has suffered a common throat infection.

They found that 25 per cent of children given penicillin, along with 18 per cent given amoxicillin treatment needed further treatment within weeks.

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