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FDA Medwatch Alert: Fluoroquinolone Antibacterial Drugs for Systemic Use: Drug Safety Communication - Warnings Updated Due to Disabling Side Effects

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ISSUE: FDA approved changes to the labels of fluoroquinolone antibacterial drugs for systemic use (i.e., taken by mouth or by injection). Includes the following currently available fluoroquinolones: Avelox (moxifloxacin) Cipro (ciprofloxacin) Cipro extended-release (ciprofloxacin extended-release) Factive (gemifloxacin) Levaquin (levofloxacin) Ofloxacin (generic brand) These medicines are associated with disabling and potentially permanent side effects of the tendons, muscles, joints, nerves, and central nervous system that can occur together in the same patient. As a result, FDA revised the Boxed Warning, FDA’s strongest warning, to address these serious safety issues. In addition, FDA updated other parts of the drug label including the Warnings and Precautions and Medication Guide sections. FDA has determined that fluoroquinolones should be reserved for use in patients who have no o ... Read more

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FDA Updates Warnings for Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics

Posted 4 hours 44 minutes ago by

July 26, 2016 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved safety labeling changes for a class of antibiotics, called fluoroquinolones, to enhance warnings about their association with disabling and potentially permanent side effects and to limit their use in patients with less serious bacterial infections. “Fluoroquinolones have risks and benefits that should be considered very carefully,” said Edward Cox, M.D., director of the Office of Antimicrobial Products in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “It’s important that both health care providers and patients are aware of both the risks and benefits of fluoroquinolones and make an informed decision about their use.” Fluoroquinolones are antibiotics that kill or stop the growth of bacteria. While these drugs are effective in treating serious bacterial infections, an FDA safety review found that both oral and inj ... Read more

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Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Detected in Sewage Spill

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FRIDAY, July 22, 2016 – Sewer line breaks can release antibiotic-resistant bacteria that pose a public health threat, a new study says. Consider the 2014 sewer line break in St. Petersburg, Fla., that released 500,000 gallons of untreated wastewater into neighborhoods and Boca Ciega Bay. University of South Florida researchers who did follow-up testing of soil and water said they detected genes from vancomycin-resistant bacteria for nearly two weeks after the sewer line break. One of those genes is capable of transferring vancomycin resistance to other strains of bacteria. Vancomycin, considered an antibiotic of last resort, is used to treat serious infections that don't respond to other antibiotics, the researchers noted. "While we have known that raw sewage contains many disease-causing bacteria, this experience tells us that sewage and fecal pollution also carry vancomycin-resistant ... Read more

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2nd U.S. Case of Bacteria Resistant to Last-Resort Antibiotic

Posted 15 days ago by

MONDAY, July 11, 2016 – Scientists have identified a second patient in the United States who was infected with a bacteria that is resistant to an antibiotic of last resort. The new case involved a patient in New York, while the first reported case involved a woman from Pennsylvania. However, the New York patient was actually infected more than a year ago and the resistant bacteria was only spotted recently in lab testing. The Pennsylvania infection occurred last spring, researchers said. Both patients had E. coli with a gene called mcr-1, which makes bacteria resistant to the antibiotic colistin, the scientists explained. In the latest study, the researchers tested more than 13,500 strains of E. coli and nearly 7,500 strains of Klebsiella pneumoniae collected from hospitals in North America, Latin America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region in 2015. The results showed that almost 2 ... Read more

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Headed to the Pool? Protect Yourself From the Poop

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SATURDAY, July 9, 2016 – Swimming is a great way to cool off on a hot day, but beware of fecal contamination that can make you sick, an expert says. "The most common problems people get while swimming are intestinal infections, either bacterial or viral," said Dr. William Schaffner, chairman of the Department of Preventive Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, in Nashville. Symptoms include diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and sometimes fever. These symptoms occur several hours after infection, so people often don't realize they were infected while swimming. There are a number of ways to reduce the risk of such infections. Check the pool before you or your children get in. "Does it have clear and clean water? If not, you should reconsider getting in," Schaffner said in a medical center news release. Before going into a pool, always take a shower. Anyone who has had stomach ... Read more

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Can an Antibiotic Help You? Quick Test Might Someday Tell

Posted 18 days ago by

WEDNESDAY, July 6, 2016 – Health experts have long warned that antibiotics are overused, often prescribed for viral infections for which the drugs are useless. A quick blood test to determine whether an infection is viral or bacterial would help curb the problem – and scientists now say that test may come soon. One family physician believes the screen could be a great advance for patients. "It would reduce unnecessary antibiotic use – which, if it continues unchecked, will threaten entire populations of individuals because of growing antibiotic resistance," said Dr. Howard Selinger. He is chair of family medicine at Quinnipiac University's School of Medicine in Hamden, Conn. Such a blood test "would also have the advantage of helping patients avoid potentially dangerous and harmful antibiotic side effects," Selinger added. As explained by researchers at Stanford University in ... Read more

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Health Tip: Protect Your Child's Sandbox

Posted 18 days ago by

-- A sandbox is a fun way for your child to get creative outdoors. But it also can harbor germs. To help keep your child's sandbox safer, the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests: Use only natural river or beach sand. Cover the sandbox when not in use to keep animals and insects out. Let wet sand dry completely before covering. Rake sand regularly to get rid of clumps and debris. Keep pets out of the sandbox Read more

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1 in 3 Hospitals in Developing World Lack Running Water

Posted 3 Jul 2016 by

SUNDAY, July 3, 2016 – Clean running water is essential for hospital sanitation, but a new report finds a third of hospitals in the developing world don't have it. "Running water is something we so take for granted and it doesn't exist in a third of hospitals in these countries," said study co-leader Dr. Adam Kushner, adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, in Baltimore. He said some hospitals try to find a way around the problem, but hazards remain. "Some hospitals truck in water or collect it in rain barrels, with no guarantee of its cleanliness," Kushner said. "Without clean water, there is no way to clean surgeons' hands or instruments, wash gowns and sheets or clean wounds to prevent or reduce infections." His team examined 19 studies published between 2009 and 2015. The studies included data on water availability in 430 hospitals in 19 low- and ... Read more

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New Test Help Detect Drug-Resistant Bacteria

Posted 1 Jul 2016 by

THURSDAY, June 30, 2016 – The Xpert Carba-R Assay diagnostic, which tests patient specimens for genetic markers associated with drug-resistant bacteria, has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The test specifically looks for bacteria resistant to Carbapenem antibiotics, powerful drugs typically given in hospitals to treat severe infections. Standard methods require the organisms to be grown and tested in lab cultures, which can take four days or longer, the FDA said in a news release. However, the agency stressed the new test only determines the presence of certain genetic markers, not for the actual resistant bacteria. It advised that hospitals should continue to use culture-based testing to confirm findings from the new test. In two clinical studies involving more than 1,100 people, the new test was found to be as effective as culture-based testing in evaluating ... Read more

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FDA clears first test to detect specific genetic markers for certain antibiotic-resistant bacteria directly from clinical specimens

Posted 29 Jun 2016 by

June 29, 2016 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today cleared for marketing the Xpert Carba-R Assay, an infection control aid that tests patient specimens to detect specific genetic markers associated with bacteria that are resistant to Carbapenem antibiotics. Carbapenem antibiotics are widely used in hospitals to treat severe infections. These resistant organisms are commonly referred to as Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, and have been reported in almost all states within the U.S. “By using a specimen taken directly from a patient to test for the presence of genetic markers, hospitals can more quickly identify these dangerous bacteria resistant to certain antibiotics,” said Alberto Gutierrez, M.D., director of the FDA’s Office of In Vitro Diagnostics and Radiological Health within the Center for Devices and Radiological Health. Current methods to identify colon ... Read more

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Contaminated Gloves a No-No in Hospitals

Posted 25 Jun 2016 by

FRIDAY, June 24, 2016 – Health care workers who wear contaminated gloves can transfer bacteria onto hospital surfaces, a new study warns. "Infection control is a priority for all hospitals to reduce the spread of [bacteria]," said study author Sae Otani, a master course student at Bunkyo Gakuin University in Japan. "Gloving is recommended as a barrier protection for health care workers to reduce the risk of contamination during contact with infectious sputum [saliva], urine and body fluids," but not changing or removing contaminated gloves carries a high risk of transmitting harmful germs, she noted in a news release from the American Society for Microbiology (ASM). For the study, Otani and her colleagues contaminated examination gloves with certain types of bacteria found in hospitals and other health care facilities. They then touched the gloves to a sterilized polypropylene surface. ... Read more

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DNA Tests May Spot Brain Infections

Posted 24 Jun 2016 by

FRIDAY, June 24, 2016 – Genetic testing may help diagnose or rule out brain infections, researchers report. They said their pilot study showed that using computers to rapidly analyze large amounts of genetic and biological information from brain tissue samples could offer a cost-effective addition to pathology lab testing. The research team from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore noted that more than 50 percent of inflammatory disorders and infections of the brain go undiagnosed, resulting in patients receiving treatments for individual symptoms that can do more harm than good. The study included 10 patients, aged 16 to 68, with signs of brain infection, including fever, weakness in limbs, partial paralysis, numbness, headache or seizures. The researchers took a sample from an area of inflamed, damaged brain tissue and sequenced the DNA in the tissue. They looked for evidence of ... Read more

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Certain Steroids Raise Risk for Serious Staph Infections

Posted 9 Jun 2016 by

THURSDAY, June 9, 2016 – People who use powerful drugs called systemic glucocorticoids are at higher risk for life-threatening staph blood infections, a new study finds. The findings are "a reminder for clinicians to weigh carefully the elevated risk against the potential beneficial effect of glucocorticoid therapy," said study lead author Dr. Jesper Smit, of Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark. "This is especially pertinent in patients who are already vulnerable to infection," he added. Glucocorticoids – a form of steroids – are powerful immunosuppressive drugs used to treat a variety of medical conditions that involve inflammation. The drugs are "given by mouth or by injection, are anti-inflammatory, and can suppress the immune system," explained one U.S. expert, Dr. Gerald Bernstein. "Usually, short-term use in otherwise healthy people does not cause a problem, but long term ... Read more

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Antibacterial Agent May Not Be a Dirty Word After All: Study

Posted 18 May 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, May 18, 2016 – Triclosan, an ingredient used in some antibacterial products and toothpaste, is a dirty word in certain circles. But triclosan might not cause the harms that some fear, new research suggests. "There are a lot of people who are fearful of triclosan, but we didn't find anything to support that concern in our study," said principal study investigator, Dr. Julie Parsonnet. The small study, funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, found triclosan doesn't dramatically alter the microbiome of the gut or the mouth, or significantly affect the endocrine system. In the early 1960s, triclosan was introduced in a wide range of cleaners and personal hygiene products. The chemical was so prevalent that by 2008 it was detected in 75 percent of human urine samples, the researchers said. More recently, chronic metabolic diseases, such as diabetes and obesity, have ... Read more

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Too Many People Still Take Unneeded Antibiotics: Study

Posted 3 May 2016 by

TUESDAY, May 3, 2016 – Nearly one-third of the antibiotics prescribed in the United States aren't appropriate for the conditions being treated, a new federal government study shows. "We were able to conclude that at least 30 percent of the antibiotics that are given in doctors' offices, emergency departments and hospital-based clinics are unnecessary, meaning that no antibiotics were needed at all," said lead researcher Dr. Katherine Fleming-Dutra. Such misuse has helped fuel the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which infect 2 million Americans and kill 23,000 every year, said Fleming-Dutra, a pediatrician and epidemiologist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Antibiotics are most misused in the treatment of short-term respiratory conditions, such as colds, bronchitis, sore throats, and sinus and ear infections, the researchers reported. "About half of ... Read more

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