Malaria-Free Paraguay; Don't Neglect Nipah Virus; Global Penicillin Shortage?
(MedPage Today) -- News and commentary from the world of infectious diseases (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - June 13, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Shortage of important form of penicillin affecting 39 countries, including India: AMF
In Brazil, the shortage of penicillin coincided with a syphilis outbreak that, as a result, could not be brought under control. Between 2012 and 2015. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - June 1, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Penicillin G Benzathine (Bicillin L-A) Injection (Updated - Resolved)
Drug Shortage (Source: FDA Drug Shortages)
Source: FDA Drug Shortages - May 8, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Delabelling penicillin allergy after testing is safe and cost saving
(Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News)
Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News - May 1, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

How Bacteria Eat Penicillin
Scientists work out the specific genes and biochemical steps required for digesting the very drugs designed to kill microbes. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - April 30, 2018 Category: Science Tags: Daily News,The Scientist Source Type: news

Gustav Born obituary
Prominent pharmacologist whose pioneering work on how the body stops bleeding improved the detection of thrombosisIn 1945, Gustav Born, a young and recently qualified doctor serving with the Royal Army Medical Corps, was among the first allied staff to witness the medical aftermath of the atomic bomb blast in Hiroshima. Among the horrific injuries he encountered, one struck him particularly forcibly: the tendency of the survivors to suffer from severe bleeding disorders. This, he surmised, was attributable to a lack of blood platelets caused by radiation damage. It was evidently a decisive experience, for it set the course...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 26, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Rod Flower Tags: Medical research People in science Medicine University of Oxford King's College London University of Cambridge Source Type: news

Been told you have a penicillin allergy? There is chance it's not real
A new study shows the benefits of removing penicillin allergy labels for kids. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - April 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: GMA Source Type: news

WATCH: Are you actually allergic to penicillin?
Dr. Jennifer Ashton discusses what to know about a new study that suggests a majority of children who have a penicillin allergy can take penicillin-based antibiotics without a problem. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - April 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: GMA Source Type: news

Delabeling for Penicllin Allergy Found Safe in Children Delabeling for Penicllin Allergy Found Safe in Children
Children with low-risk penicillin allergy symptoms who tested negative for penicillin allergy tolerated penicillin without serious adverse or allergic reactions during the following year, a study found.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - April 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics News Source Type: news

Delabeling for Penicillin Allergy Found Safe in Children Delabeling for Penicillin Allergy Found Safe in Children
Children with low-risk penicillin allergy symptoms who tested negative for penicillin allergy tolerated penicillin without serious adverse or allergic reactions during the following year, a study found.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - April 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics News Source Type: news

Digital Penicillin Production
For thousands of years, micro-organisms have been used to facilitate chemical reactions - in beer brewing, for example. However, biochemical processes are incredibly complex, with a multitude of reactions taking place simultaneously and influencing one another. There are countless parameters that play a role, not all of which can be directly measured. (Source: eHealth News EU)
Source: eHealth News EU - April 10, 2018 Category: Information Technology Tags: Featured Research Research and Development Source Type: news

Orchid gets three final bids at par with liquidation value
The company had to sell assets to rein in debt. In 2012, it sold its penicillin business to US drug maker Hospira for $200 million. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - March 19, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

AAAAI: Penicillin Allergy Label Linked to MRSA, C. difficile
(MedPage Today) -- Increase attributable to use of alternative antibiotics (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - March 5, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

EMedHome's Clinical Pearl: Does This Patient Really Have a Penicillin Allergy?
No abstract available (Source: Emergency Medicine News)
Source: Emergency Medicine News - March 1, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: EMedHome's Clinical Pearl Source Type: news

An enzyme's evolution from changing electric fields and resisting antibiotics
(Biophysical Society) Bacteria can produce enzymes that make them resistant to antibiotics; one example is the TEM beta-lactamase enzyme, which enables bacteria to develop a resistance to beta-lactam antibiotics, such as penicillin and cephalosporins. Researchers at Stanford University are studying this area -- how an enzyme changes and becomes antibiotic-resistant -- and will present their work during the Biophysical Society's 62nd Meeting, held Feb. 17-21, 2018. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

High levels of antibiotic resistance found worldwide, new data show
BANGKOK 29 January 2018 – The World Health Organization’s first release of surveillance data on antibiotic resistance reveals high levels of resistance to a number of serious bacterial infections in both high- and low-income countries. WHO’s new Global Antimicrobial Surveillance System (known as GLASS) reveals widespread occurrence of antibiotic resistance among 500 000 people with suspected bacterial infections across 22 countries.  The most commonly reported resistant bacteria were Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Staphylococcus aureus, and Streptococcus pneumoniae, followed by Salmo...
Source: WHO EMRO News - January 29, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Weekly Postings
Happy New Year from NNLM MAR! We are excited to share information with you about our upcoming projects, classes, and news from around the Middle Atlantic Region. See something of interest? Please share our postings with colleagues in your institutions! Spotlight Welcome, Veronica Leigh Milliner! On January 2, Veronica Leigh Milliner, MLIS, joined NNLM MAR in the newly created position of All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator. Veronica will work within our region and in collaboration with other regional and national All of Us Program partners and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine to develop, pilot, model, a...
Source: NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region Blog - January 5, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Hannah Sinemus Tags: Weekly Postings Source Type: news

U.N. warns: Antibiotic use in farming is spreading via waterways, driving the superbug resistance crisis, putting millions of lives at risk
(Natural News) When Alexander Fleming discovered the first antibiotic – penicillin – in 1928, the world of medicine was changed forever. His discovery led to the development of medicines that could treat cuts, abrasions and bacterial infections, saving millions, if not billions, of lives. Sadly, however, misuse and overuse of antibiotics have fostered the development... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

From Snake Oil to Penicillin: Evaluating Consumer Health on the Internet
January 8-29, 2018. Free, asynchronous course to evaluate health information on the internet. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - December 28, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Drug Allergies: Time to Re-Test?
(MedPage Today) -- Penicillin allergy may be more belief than fact (Source: MedPage Today Allergy)
Source: MedPage Today Allergy - December 20, 2017 Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: news

How Does Pediatric Sj ö gren Syndrome Present?
Discussion Sjögren Syndrome (SS) is named for Swedish ophthalmologist Henrik Sjögren who published a case series in 1933 describing patients with dry eyes and arthritis. SS is a “chronic autoimmune inflammatory exocrinopathy” that is characterized by lymphocytic infiltration of the lacrimal and salivary glands and has various degrees of systematic involvement. Keratoconjunctivitis sicca and xerostomia are the main clinical symptoms. Sicca is a Latin word meaning dry. Dryness of the eyes and mouth without evidence of autoimmune disease is called Sicca syndrome or Sicca complex. SS can be primary or se...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - December 11, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Resistance to Antibiotics: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Antimicrobial drugs play a critical role in the treatment of diseases, their use is essential to protect both human and animal health. However, antimicrobials are often misused for treatment and prevention of diseases in livestock sector, aquaculture as well as crop production. Credit: FAOBy Baher KamalROME, Dec 6 2017 (IPS)The growing resistance to antibiotics and other antimicrobials due to their overuse and misuse both in humans and animals has become an alarming global threat to public health, food safety and security, causing the deaths of 700,000 people each year. This is a fact. The good news is that now more and mo...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 6, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Baher Kamal Tags: Editors' Choice Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Poverty & SDGs Projects Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Improving the lives of ru Source Type: news

Resistance to Popular Antibiotic Began Years Ago
Ampicillin, a broad-spectrum penicillin, is widely used to treat many bacterial infections, including bladder and ear infections, pneumonia and gonorrhea. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - November 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Resistance to Popular Antibiotic Likely Began Years Before Human Use
THURSDAY, Nov. 30, 2017 -- Bacterial resistance to the antibiotic ampicillin may have begun years before doctors started prescribing it in the early 1960s, a new study suggests. Ampicillin, a broad-spectrum penicillin, is widely used to treat many... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - November 30, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Ampicillin resistance 'started in agriculture'
Researchers say overuse of penicillin on farms in the 1950s triggered human resistance Related items fromOnMedica Massive fall in animal antibiotic use Interventions cut inappropriate antibiotic prescribing US use of broad-spectrum antibiotics shows worrying increase Study quantifies human consequences of increased antibiotic resistance United global effort needed to fight antimicrobial resistance (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - November 30, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Antibiotic resistance: An unexpected chronology
(Institut Pasteur) Researchers from Institut Pasteur have shed light on the rise of ampicillin resistance back in the 60s. Through the sampling of Salmonella strains, they proved that antibiotic resistance can be traced back prior to the release of ampicillin on the UK market. Their discovery suggests that penicillin fed to livestock in the 1950s may have encouraged antibiotic-resistant bacteria to evolve and spread. These results will be published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases on Wednesday, Nov. 29. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 29, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Penicillin G Procaine (Penicilling Procaine Injection) - updated on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - November 17, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Penicillin G Procaine (Penicilling Procaine Injection) - new on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - November 16, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

When'Allergic to Penicillin' Isn't True in Children When'Allergic to Penicillin' Isn't True in Children
A study seeks to determine how many low-risk children thought to have penicillin allergy are truly penicillin allergic.Medscape Pediatrics (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - November 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics Viewpoint Source Type: news

Patients Who Claim Penicillin Allergy Often Aren't Allergic
(MedPage Today) -- Penicillin skin test feasible in'real-world'office setting, researchers say (Source: MedPage Today Allergy)
Source: MedPage Today Allergy - October 31, 2017 Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: news

Bacterial toxins made in the gut
(Wiley) You get an infection, you are given penicillin--and then you could get hemorrhagic diarrhea. This rare but extremely unpleasant side reaction can be related to the enterotoxin tilivalline produced by a regular intestinal bacterium. Austrian scientists have now scrutinized the toxin's biosynthetic pathway and presented the results in the journal Angewandte Chemie. Their findings give important insights in the pathobiology of antibiotic side reactions and unveil the multifunctionality of bacterial toxins. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - October 25, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Reported penicillin allergy appears to increase the risk of surgical site infections
Data from a study published online in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases suggest that patients with a reported penicillin allergy may have a 50 percent increased chance of contracting a surgical site infection (SSI).  (Source: Orthogate - Latest News)
Source: Orthogate - Latest News - October 15, 2017 Category: Orthopaedics Tags: Featured Editors Choice News Source Type: news

Penicillin Allergy Linked With Higher Risk of Surgical-site Infection Penicillin Allergy Linked With Higher Risk of Surgical-site Infection
Patients who report penicillin allergy face an increased risk of surgical-site infection (SSI), according to a retrospective study.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines - October 11, 2017 Category: Surgery Tags: General Surgery News Source Type: news

Patients with reported penicillin allergy at ‘higher SSI risk’
Patients who report having a prior penicillin allergy have been found to have a 50% increased risk of developing a surgical site infection (SSI), according to US researchers. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - October 10, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Penicillin Misconceptions May Raise Post-Op Infection Risk
Title: Penicillin Misconceptions May Raise Post-Op Infection RiskCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/9/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/10/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Allergies General)
Source: MedicineNet Allergies General - October 10, 2017 Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: news

Penicillin allergy may increase risk of surgical site infection
A recent study by Massachusetts General Hospital researchers found that a penicillin allergy may increase the risk of surgical site infections. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Penicillin Misconceptions May Raise Post-Op Infection Risk
Many patients wrongly report a drug allergy, leading doctors to use inferior meds, study finds Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: After Surgery, Drug Reactions (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - October 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Penicillin Misconceptions May Raise Post-Op Infection Risk
MONDAY, Oct. 9, 2017 -- Surgical patients who report having a penicillin allergy face a 50 percent higher risk for a post-op infection compared to patients who report no drug allergy, new research finds. Researchers from Massachusetts General... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - October 9, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Reported penicillin allergy appears to increase the risk of surgical site infections
(Massachusetts General Hospital) A study by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators found that surgical patients believed to be allergic to penicillin were significantly more likely to develop surgical site infections than were patients with no documented allergy, a difference totally attributable to the alternative antibiotics used to prevent such infections. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - October 9, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Reported penicillin allergy increases risk of surgical site infections
Risk of infection 50% higher in patients with recorded penicillin allergy Related items fromOnMedica Warm weather increases risk of serious surgical site infections Antibiotics cut infection risk in obese women after caesarean Patients who think they are allergic to penicillin often aren ’t (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 9, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Penicillin Allergy testing and Antibiotic stewardship
September 27, 2017 2:30-3:30pm ET. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - September 21, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Penicillin allergy labels are 'frequent but frequently inaccurate,' investigators find
You've probably been asked if you are allergic to penicillin. Now, Canadian researchers have found that people who thought they were may not be after all. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - August 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Penicillin Resistance Before and After PCV13 Introduction Penicillin Resistance Before and After PCV13 Introduction
How has the introduction of 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine impacted the prevalence of penicillin resistance?Emerging Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - August 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

Navigating South Korea ’s Healthcare Paradox
In recent years, we have witnessed an explosion of interest among our pharmaceutical clients in conducting research in South Korea. Some emerging market analysts have suggested a ‘K’ should be added to BRIC, reflecting the country’s burgeoning economic status and its increasingly inclusion in global studies, not just regional Asia Pacific or emerging market studies. Indeed, there is ongoing debate about whether South Korea can still be considered ‘emerging’ as it i s a growing player in the pharmaceutical industry in its own right.   As well as looking at South Korea ’s health...
Source: EyeForPharma - August 11, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Marc Yates Source Type: news

Trust me on antibiotics, doctor – I’m a patient | Anne Perkins
Evidence that finishing the course may fuel bacterial resistance will test our relationship with experts – and perhaps begin the healing process• Anne Perkins is a Guardian columnistEarly in 1941 Albert Alexander, a middle-aged police officer, went to his local hospital – the John Radcliffe, in Oxford – with a nasty infected scratch on his face. Popular legend says the injury was caused by a thorn on a rosebush; others believe that it had been inflicted during a bombing raid on Southampton, where he was on duty in the blitz. PC Alexander is famous in medical hi story because he was thefirst patient t...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 27, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Anne Perkins Tags: Antibiotics Society Health Science Doctors UK news Source Type: news

The Guardian view on antibiotics: don ’t keep taking the tablets | Editorial
When knowledge advances, so should the advice doctors giveThe idea that we have a moral duty to complete any course of antibiotics that the doctor prescribes is intuitively comforting. Following the course to the end appears as an act of solidarity against the genuinely terrible threat of widespread antibiotic resistance, something that could make medicine as we know it impossibly dangerous. Following the doctor ’s orders allows us to be mildly uncomfortable in pursuit of collective good. So it is rather shocking when the British Medical Journal reports that the instruction is mistakenand indeed counterproductive. We...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 27, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Editorial Tags: Antibiotics Medical research MRSA and superbugs Health Society Science Farming Environment Drugs Source Type: news

What Conditions is Erythema Nodosum Associated With?
Patient Presentation A 12-year-old male came to clinic with a history of 3-4 days of painful bruising on his shin and lower arms. He had Streptocococcal pharyngitis diagnosed by rapid strep testing approximately 4 weeks previously and had taken all of his amoxicillin antibiotic per his parents. He had recovered without any problems until 3-4 days ago when his legs and arms started to have painful bruises along the shins and lower arms. They were raised, red/purple and painful mainly in the center of the lesions. He denied pain elsewhere nor any fever (Tmax was 99.5F), chills, sweats, weight loss, joint stiffness, abdomina...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - July 24, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Your NEJM Group Today: Moving Beyond Forecasting / Oral Challenges for Reported Penicillin Allergy / Massachusetts Family Medicine Opportunity (FREE)
By the Editors Here's what we chose for you today from NEJM Group:NEJM Audio Interview: Moving Beyond … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - July 20, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news