Major shortage forces doctors to ration important antibiotic

Posted by on July 2, 2017 10:12 am
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A worldwide shortage of the widely used antibiotic piperacillin-tazobactam has forced doctors in Britain to ration the medicine while the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has had to import non-approved drugs from Canada.

The drug, which is sold as Tazocin and Zosyn, is commonly used in intensive care medicine and to treat a range of conditions including pneumonia, urinary tract infections and diabetic foot infections.

Via RT NEWS: Major shortage forces doctors to ration important antibiotic.

3 responses to Major shortage forces doctors to ration important antibiotic

  1. JP in MT July 2nd, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    Another important aspect of socialized medicine.

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  2. Jeanne July 2nd, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    The pipercillian is a strong antibiotic. Use to give it in ICU. Vanycomycin I think better. But what I cannot figure out is why the shortage.

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    • Almost There July 2nd, 2017 at 3:34 pm

      Jeanne, as you already know, so many things have become resistant and Vanc doesn’t work for everything and is hard on the veins. Nowadays, they often run a suseptability test to see what the bug is suseptible to. They have even come up with an antimicrobial stewardship program per JC recommendations so they treat with the right thing. Times have definitely changed.

      There are many reasons for the shortage. Here is one article I found.

      https://www.drugs.com/drug-shortages/piperacillin-tazobactam-injection-1075

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