FDA Warns Against Long - Term Azithromycin Use for Some
Warning for blood cancer patients who have undergone donor stem cell transplant (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - August 13, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Infections, Oncology, Pharmacy, Pulmonology, Journal, Source Type: news

FDA Warns Against Long-Term Azithromycin Use for Some
MONDAY, Aug. 13, 2018 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning patients with cancers of the blood or lymph nodes who undergo a donor stem cell transplant not to take azithromycin, as long-term use of the antibiotic has been associated... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - August 13, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

FDA: Don't Use Azithromycin for Lung Condition in Cancer Patients FDA: Don't Use Azithromycin for Lung Condition in Cancer Patients
The FDA warns of an increased risk for relapse of hematologic malignancy and for death when azithromycin is used to prevent bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome in hematopoietic stem cell transplant patients.News Alerts (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Alert Source Type: news

FDA warns about increased risk of cancer relapse with long-term use of azithromycin (Zithromax, Zmax) antibiotic after donor stem cell transplant
(Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New)
Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New - August 3, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Blood biomarker can help predict disease progression in patients with COPD
(Elsevier) Some patients with COPD demonstrate signs of accelerated aging. In a new study published in the journal CHEST ® researchers report that measuring blood telomeres, a marker of aging of cells, can be used to predict future risk of the disease worsening or death. Further, they have determined that the drug azithromycin may help patients with short telomeres, an indicator of more rapid biological aging, stave off negative clinical outcomes. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Azithromycin Cuts Pulmonary Exacerbation in CF With Early Pa
WEDNESDAY, June 27, 2018 -- For children with cystic fibrosis (CF) and early Pseudomonas aeruginosa (Pa) infection, the risk of pulmonary exacerbation is significantly reduced with the addition of azithromycin to tobramycin inhalation solution... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - June 27, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Pfizer announces extension of Zithromax ® Antibiotic Donation Program through 2025 to help eliminate world's leading infectious cause of blindness
Pfizer Inc. will extend its donation of the antibiotic Zithromax® (azithromycin) to the International Trachoma Initiative through 2025, building on the company's 20-years of work to help eliminate the world's leading infectious cause of blindness. Approximately 163 million people are at risk of developing the disease and this recommitment ensures that Pfizer, through the International Trachoma Initiative (ITI), will continue to provide trachoma endemic countries with donated antibiotics that are a critical component of the global strategy to eliminate this neglected tropical disease (NTD). (Source: World Pharma News)
Source: World Pharma News - June 14, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Featured Pfizer Business and Industry Source Type: news

Macrolide antibiotics for bronchiectasis
This Cochrane Review of 15 RCTs found that long-term macrolide therapy may reduce the frequency of exacerbations and improve quality of life, although supporting evidence is derived mainly from studies of azithromycin, and predominantly among adults rather than children. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Randomised controlled trial tests azithromycin efficacy for asthma exacerbation
Wed, 05/16/2018 - 15:05News blog (Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates)
Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates - May 16, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: ROrritt Source Type: news

Azithromycin: A Generic Antibiotic That Continues To Provide Surprising Life-Saving Benefits
Decades after it was synthesized in a lab in Groton, Connecticut, new uses of azithromycin are still being found to save lives. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - May 15, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: John LaMattina, Contributor Source Type: news

Trovan - Zithromax (Trovafloxacin and Azithromycin) - updated on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - May 14, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Azithromycin (Azasite) Ophthalmic Solution 1% (New - Currently in Shortage)
Drug Shortage (Source: FDA Drug Shortages)
Source: FDA Drug Shortages - May 9, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Zithromax (Azithromycin) - updated on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - May 8, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Common antibiotic significantly reduces child deaths across Africa
Giving the antibiotic azithromycin twice a year to young children in sub-Saharan Africa reduced childhood deaths by 13.5%, a new study has shown. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - April 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Preventive use of common antibiotic reduces child mortality in sub-Saharan Africa
(University of California - San Francisco) Treating young children in Sub-Saharan Africa with azithromycin, a safe, inexpensive, and widely used antibiotic, significantly reduced deaths of children under five in a large randomized trial led by scientists at UC San Francisco. The finding could help speed progress toward the United Nations' goal of ending preventable child deaths by 2030. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 25, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

The World ’s First Case of Drug-Resistant ‘Super Gonorrhea’ Has Been Confirmed
This report is one more confirmation of our greatest fear: drug-resistant gonorrhea spreading around the globe,” David Harvey, executive director of the National Coalition of STD Directors, told CNN. The patient, who first sought medical care in early 2018, is being treated with an intravenous course of ertapenem, a powerful antibiotic typically used, at least in the U.S., for “serious infections in hospitalized patients,” according to the National Institutes of Health. The results of his next test are expected in mid-April. Gonorrhea is one of the world’s most common STIs, affecting 78 million peop...
Source: TIME: Health - March 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized healthytime onetime public health Source Type: news

U.K. Man Has World's Worst Case of Super-Gonorrhea
It's the first case of the sexually-transmitted disease that could not be cured with the main antibiotic treatment, a combination of azithromycin and ceftriaxone, according to Public Health England, BBC News reported. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - March 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How A Man Caught The World's Strongest Super Gonorrhea To Date
This is the first reported case in the world of N. gonorrhea which has both high-level resistance to azithromycin and resistance to ceftriaxone. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - March 29, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Y. Lee, Contributor Source Type: news

How A Man Caught The World's Strongest Super Gonorrhea To Date
This is the first reported case in the world of N. gonorrhea which has both high-level resistance to azithromycin and resistance to ceftriaxone. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - March 29, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Y. Lee, Contributor Source Type: news

Azithromycin: Hope for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis? Azithromycin: Hope for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis?
Dr Nicholas Gross on a flawed but promising study of patients with acute exacerbations of this too-often fatal condition.Medscape Pulmonary Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - February 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pulmonary Medicine Viewpoint Source Type: news

Gonorrhea in China shows waning susceptibility to WHO-recommended antibiotics
(PLOS) Neisseria gonorrhoeae strains resistant to azithromycin and/or with decreased susceptibility to ceftriaxone are common in China, according to a prevalence study published this week in PLOS Medicine. The study also showed that the prevalence of dual resistance in N. gonorrhoeae isolates increased from 2013 to 2016. The results suggest that dual therapy with azithromycin and ceftriaxone, recommended by WHO and many countries to treat gonorrhea, may not prove effective in China. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 6, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Can I Give Cholera Vaccine?
Discussion Cholera is caused by more than 200 serogroups of Vibrio cholerae, a Gram-negative rod that is waterborne. Only two (serogroup O1 which causes about 99% of the cases, and O139) cause disease. There are biotypes of each of these serotypes. The only known hosts are humans. The organism colonizes the epithelial lining of the gut. Cholera toxin is produced by some species and if produced binds to specific receptors on host cells, activating a series of steps which cases massive loss of sodium, potassium, chloride, hydrogen carbonate, and fluids in vomitus and feces. A review of causes of diarrhea can be found here. ...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - November 27, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Single Dose of Azithromycin Effective for Latent Yaws Single Dose of Azithromycin Effective for Latent Yaws
Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - November 12, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

No Added Value of a Macrolide in Pediatric Pneumonia No Added Value of a Macrolide in Pediatric Pneumonia
The combination of a macrolide like azithromycin with a beta-lactam is no more effective than a beta-lactam alone in treating children hospitalized with pneumonia, according to results from the Etiology of Pneumonia in the Community Study.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines)
Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines - November 2, 2017 Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: Pediatrics News Source Type: news

Azithromycin Tied to Poor Airflow Decline - Free Survival After HSCT
Worse airflow decline - free survival than placebo after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - August 9, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Oncology, Pathology, Pharmacy, Pulmonology, Journal, Source Type: news

Azithromycin Doesn't Prevent Lung Complication After Stem Cell Transplant
TUESDAY, Aug. 8, 2017 -- An antibiotic treatment intended to lower stem cell transplant patients'risk of developing a respiratory complication appears to have backfired. French researchers explored the potential of administering the antibiotic... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - August 8, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Azithromycin Tablets (New - Discontinuation)
Drug Shortage (Source: FDA Drug Shortages)
Source: FDA Drug Shortages - July 27, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Azithromycin and Ceftriaxone Resistance in N gonorrhoeae Azithromycin and Ceftriaxone Resistance in N gonorrhoeae
Azithromycin and ceftriaxone are the recommended treatment options for Neisseria gonorrhoeae, but treatment failures have been reported.Emerging Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - July 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

Asthma Breakthrough: Azithromycin Improves Quality of Life for Asthma Patients
News blog (Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates)
Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates - July 11, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: GAtherton Source Type: news

Gonorrhea Becoming More Difficult To Treat With Antibiotics
CBS Local — Gonorrhea is becoming more difficult to treat with antibiotics and for some patients it’s become impossible, the World Health Organization (WHO) said. Three forms of bacteria known as “superbugs” that cannot be killed by the best available gonorrhea medicine have been detected in Spain, France and Japan, according to the WHO. “The bacteria that cause gonorrhea are particularly smart. Every time we use a new class of antibiotics to treat the infection, the bacteria evolve to resist them,” said Teodora Wi, a human reproduction specialist for the WHO, in a press release. Analysi...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Antibiotics Dan Corey Medicine STDs Source Type: news

Add-On Azithromycin Associated with Fewer Asthma Exacerbations (FREE)
By Kelly Young Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD, and Richard Saitz, MD, MPH, FACP, DFASAM Addition of azithromycin is associated with fewer asthma exacerbations in patients on dual maintenance therapy, according to a Lancet study.Over 400 adults with symptomatic … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - July 6, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Azithromycin 1g as a Treatment for Bacterial STIs Azithromycin 1g as a Treatment for Bacterial STIs
This article discusses the benefits and drawbacks of azithromycin 1g for bacterial STIs.Sexually Transmitted Infections (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

PodMed: A Medical News Roundup From Johns Hopkins (with audio)
(MedPage Today) -- This week's topics include the dangers of short term corticosteroids, troponin assay for assessing MI, azithromycin and arrhythmia, and eye screening intervals for people with diabetes (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)
Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular - April 22, 2017 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Apr 21 Cardiology News Apr 21 Cardiology News
High-sensitivity troponin, statin eligibility, FDA letter to Abbott, azithromycin risks, trans-fat ban, and trust in medical science are discussed by Dr John Mandrola in this week's podcast.theheart.org on Medscape (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - April 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

No Major Azithromycin Arrhythmia Risk in Huge European Cohort No Major Azithromycin Arrhythmia Risk in Huge European Cohort
That's compared with amoxicillin; the risk of ventricular arrhythmias vs no antibiotic use was about twofold and likely due to patient illness, say researchers.Heartwire from Medscape (Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines - April 18, 2017 Category: Cardiology Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Study: Azithromycin not linked to abnormal heartbeat
Researchers have found the commonly-used antibiotic azithromycin is not linked to an increased risk of ventricular arrhythmia or irregular heartbeat. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - April 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Common antibiotic azithromycin not linked to increased risk of abnormal heartbeat, study shows
The commonly used antibiotic azithromycin is not linked to an increased risk of ventricular arrhythmia, an often life-threatening rapid, irregular heartbeat, according to a large study. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - April 18, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

No Link Between Common Antibiotic, Irregular Heartbeat
TUESDAY, April 18, 2017 -- The widely used antibiotic azithromycin doesn't increase the risk of an abnormal heart rhythm, a new study finds. Azithromycin (Zithromax) is often used to treat respiratory and urinary tract infections. It belongs to a... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - April 18, 2017 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Common antibiotic azithromycin not linked to increased risk of abnormal heartbeat
(Canadian Medical Association Journal) The commonly used antibiotic azithromycin is not linked to an increased risk of ventricular arrhythmia, an often life-threatening rapid, irregular heartbeat, according to a large study published in CMAJ. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - April 18, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Azithromycin Not Linked to Ventricular Arrhythmia, Study Suggests (FREE)
By Amy Orciari Herman Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH Azithromycin does not seem to be associated with increased risk for ventricular arrhythmia, according to a case-control study in the Canadian Medical … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - April 18, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Cat Scratch Disease
Cat scratch disease is an infection transmitted by cat scratches and bites. The lesion is usually small and less than 1 cm in length. It is normally a benign, self-limiting illness lasting for about 6-12 weeks. It is caused by an exposure to bartonella henselae bacteria. Scratches or bites from an infected cat can cause symptoms in people including swollen and draining lymph nodes, fever, fatigue and headache. Swollen, tender, or hard lymph nodes could be confused with a soft tissue tumor. Regional Lymphadenopathy (main clinical feature) These areas of lymph node concentration include cervical nodes, axillary node...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - February 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Prophylaxis for C-Section: Might Broader Be Better? Prophylaxis for C-Section: Might Broader Be Better?
Azithromycin in addition to standard antibiotic prophylaxis before nonelective cesarean delivery was associated with lower rates of postoperative infection.Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - January 11, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases Viewpoint Source Type: news

Antibiotic gel prevents borreliosis resulting from tick bites
An antibiotic gel based on azithromycin, an antibiotic with antibacterial properties, helps to prevent the onset of Lyme borreliosis following a tick bite, finds new research. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - December 20, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Re-emergence of syphilis traced to pandemic strain cluster
Over the last few decades, an age-old infectious disease has been re-emerging globally: syphilis. Using techniques to analyze low levels of DNA, an international research team has now shown that all syphilis strains from modern patient samples share a common ancestor from the 1700s. Furthermore, their research demonstrates that strains dominating infections today originate from a pandemic cluster that emerged after 1950, and these strains share a worrying trait: resistance to the second-line antibiotic azithromycin. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - December 5, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

azithromycin (Zithromax, Zithromax Z-Pak, Zithromax Tri-Pak, Zmax)
Title: azithromycin (Zithromax, Zithromax Z-Pak, Zithromax Tri-Pak, Zmax)Category: MedicationsCreated: 12/31/1997 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 12/1/2016 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Medications General)
Source: MedicineNet Medications General - December 1, 2016 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Morocco eliminates trachoma – the leading infectious cause of blindness
15 November 2016 ¦ Geneva ¦ Marrakech – Today, the World Health Organization (WHO) acknowledged the elimination of trachoma as a public health problem1 in Morocco.   Trachoma is the leading infectious cause of blindness worldwide. Transmitted through contact with eye and nose discharge of infected people, particularly young children, it affects populations in 42 countries, and is responsible for blindness or visual impairment in around 1.9 million people. “This is an impressive public health achievement for Morocco,” said Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General. “It demonstr...
Source: WHO EMRO News - November 14, 2016 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Incurable: Gonorrhea outbreak in Hawaii showing increased antibiotic resistance
(NaturalNews) At least seven patients from Hawaii are suffering from what health experts fear may eventually become an incurable outbreak of gonorrhea. The sexually-transmitted disease (STD) is typically treatable with antibiotic drugs like ceftriaxone and azithromycin, but growing... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - October 4, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Add-On Azithromycin Halves C-Section Infection Rates (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Researchers suggest guidelines could change (Source: MedPage Today OB/GYN)
Source: MedPage Today OB/GYN - September 29, 2016 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Azithromycin Prophylaxis Reduces Postcesarean Infections Azithromycin Prophylaxis Reduces Postcesarean Infections
Adding a broad-spectrum antibiotic to routine precesarean antibiotic regimens reduces infections in women undergoing unscheduled caesarean deliveries with no apparent harm to their newborns.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 28, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ob/Gyn & Women ' s Health News Source Type: news

Extended-Spectrum Antibiotic Prophylaxis at Cesarean Delivery Tied to Lower Infection Risk (FREE)
By Allison Bryant, MD, MPH Dr. Bryant is an associate editor with NEJM Journal Watch Women's Health, from which this story was adapted. Full coverage is available at the link below.Adding azithromycin to standard antibiotic prophylaxis is associated with … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - September 28, 2016 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news