WASHINGTON, DC (CIDRAP News) Health officials worldwide are becoming increasingly concerned about influenza viruses' resistance to antiviral drugs, which can shut down a flu infection or mitigate symptoms. Flu antivirals are vital for reducing severe illness and death in average flu seasons and could be essential bulwarks against an influenza pandemic if one began.
(CIDRAP News) – Studies published today confirm that influenza A/H1N1 viruses have become widely resistant to oseltamivir (Tamiflu), the leading flu drug, without losing their ability to make people sick—thereby underlining the need for new antiviral drugs.
(CIDRAP News) Saying current treatment practices vary widely, the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) today released lengthy guidelines for treating methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections, which the group said now account for most of the skin infections that send people to emergency rooms.
(CIDRAP News) Warning that medical procedures such as surgery and chemotherapy will become impossible if current trends continue, the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) today called for a many-pronged campaign to counter the ever-growing threat of antimicrobial resistance.
(CIDRAP News) – Researchers at a national infectious disease conference yesterday raised concerns about the availability of antibiotics, citing new information about the lack of new treatments against resistant Gram-negative bacilli (GNB) and shortages of current drugs that appear to be affecting patient care.
(CIDRAP News) Two new studies shed some light on risk factors for drug-resistant healthcare-associated pneumonia (HCAP), one suggesting which factors carry the most weight and the other showing that a simple clinical scoring method can help identify the patients at greatest risk.
(CIDRAP News) – As part of its effort to shore up the waning supply of effective antimicrobials, the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) has proposed a streamlined approval pathway for antibiotics intended for special classes of patients who lack other treatment options.
(CIDRAP News) – Infectious-disease specialty groups are teaming up to call for increased use of antimicrobial stewardship programs, saying such efforts can help preserve the effectiveness of anti-infective drugs while reducing medical costs.