A drug may be classified by the chemical type of the active ingredient or by the way it is used to treat a particular condition. Each drug can be classified into one or more drug classes.
Antibiotics are agents that destroy or inhibit the growth of microorganisms, which are sensitive to them. Topical antibiotics are used to treat infections of the skin and are generally applied as ointments and creams.
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