A souvenir from a bright PhD student who had bought this off the counter at a pharmacy in a neighbouring country. When I did pharmacology in medical school decades ago, we were taught that this antibiotic was not commonly used because side effects (like antibiotic-associated diarrhea) were frequent. One would be hard pressed to find […]

Trying out a new online timeline generating website – Preceden. Data obtained from various sources. Antibiotic classes are included only if there is (or was) at least one commercial product in the market. Hence new classes of antibiotics such as odilorhabdins (2013), malacidins (2018), and teixobactins (2015), etc. are not included here.

Primarily organised by the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, this event took place during World Antibiotic Awareness Week on 13th and 14th November. There were a lot of great regional and local speakers, and the event was well attended even by officials from local ministries – always a good sigh for the National Strategic […]

The recent BMJ study and the international hype around it did pique one local newspaper journalist enough that further questions were asked of Ms Winnie Lee and myself. A pretty nice and informative article was published in the Lianhe Zaobao yesterday (in Chinese). Antibiotics are over-prescribed in Singapore, as they are in virtually all developed countries. […]

The follow-up debate (and backlash) to the BMJ article that hit the news just over 2 weeks ago would be interesting, I thought. And indeed it was. Out of 31 “Rapid Responses” to the article at BMJ itself at this point in time (almost all by physicians), 15 were against the conclusions of the article […]

I recently gave a talk on antibiotic prescribing in primary care, and had a great discussion with many of the general practitioners (GPs) who attended the course (on a separate note, it is not at all clear that the best people to talk to GPs about antibiotic prescribing in primary care are hospital-based infectious diseases […]

The following court case, described in the Australian Doctor (behind a paywall) was brought to my attention by an old friend. Essentially, a young boy slipped on wet concrete and developed an open fracture of his thumb in 2011. He was treated at a Sydney hospital, receiving IV flucloxacillin as the antibiotic stewardship guideline-recommended prophylaxis […]

A study published in JAMA this week showed that antibiotics were the most common cause of adverse drug events in younger (age <65 years) patients presenting to the emergency departments of 58 sentinel hospitals in the US, and the second most common cause in those above 65 years of age. As a whole, an adverse […]

World Antibiotic Awareness Week – an annual campaign supported by the World Health Organization – will take place in two weeks time, from 14th to 20th November 2016. The aim of the campaign is to “increase awareness of global antibiotic resistance and to encourage best practices among the general public, health workers and policy makers to […]

Approximately 11 hours from now, the United Nation General Assembly will host a “high level meeting” on antimicrobial resistance at the UN headquarters in New York. There will be statements by the UN secretary-general and the director-generals of the World Health Organization (WHO), Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN (FAO) and World Organization for […]