From FierceHealthcare: "After monitoring the unnecessary use of antibiotics for three years, the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore shaved $3 million from its annual budget... But after UMMC ended the program in 2008, antimicrobial costs jumped by 32 percent, adding up to about $2 million, within two years, the study noted." Their results were published in the in the April edition of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.
Earlier this month, ABC News reported that Dr. Margaret Chan, director general of the World Health Organization, said antibiotic resistance could bring about "the end of modern medicine as we know it."
Many bacteria are becoming increasingly resistant to current antimicrobial agents and this increase in resistance is outpacing discovery of novel antimicrobial agents. As a result, clinicians are challenged to make the best use of available antimicrobials to not only treat infections, but preserve the life-span of current agents.
In our next webinar, "The Evidence Behind Extended-Infusion Piperacillin/Tazobactam," Timothy Reilly, PharmD will review the current status of multi-drug resistant bacteria and the pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic principles that govern extended infusions of beta lactam antibiotics. He will also describe the available literature supporting the use of extended infusions of pipacillin/tazobactam and describe a community-based teaching hospital's experience with this treatment modality. Register now!
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Now onto the news!
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As bacteria evolve to evade antibiotics, common infections could become deadly, according to Dr. Margaret Chan, director general of the World Health Organization.
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Antibiotic Resistance Could Bring 'End of Modern Medicine' ABC News