Tag: Antibiotics

Antibiotics, also called antibacterials, are a type of antimicrobial drug used in the treatment and prevention of bacterial infections. They may either kill or inhibit the growth of bacteria. A limited number of antibiotics also possess antiprotozoal activity. Antibiotics are not effective against viruses such as the common cold or influenza, and their inappropriate use allows the emergence of resistant organisms. Drugs which inhibit viruses are termed antiviral drugs or antivirals rather than antibiotics.
Sometimes the term antibiotic (which means “opposing life”) is used to refer to any substance used against microbes, synonymous with antimicrobial. Some sources distinguish between antibacterial and antibiotic; antibacterials are used in soaps and disinfectants, while antibiotics are used as medicine. Antibiotics revolutionized medicine in the 20th century, and have together with vaccination led to the near eradication of diseases such as tuberculosis in the developed world. However, their effectiveness and easy access led to overuse, especially in livestock raising, prompting bacteria to develop resistance. This has led to widespread problems with antimicrobial and antibiotic resistance, so much as to prompt the World Health Organization to classify antimicrobial resistance as a “serious threat [that] is no longer a prediction for the future, it is happening right now in every region of the world and has the potential to affect anyone, of any age, in any country”. All classes of antibiotics in use today were first discovered prior to the mid 1980s.

European Countries Continue to Reduce Use of Antibiotics in Animals

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A report published by EMA shows that European countries continue to reduce the use of antibiotics in animals. The overall sales of veterinary antibiotics across Europe dropped by more than 32% between...

Procarta Announced Award to Progress Pipeline of Antibiotic Precision Meds

Procarta Biosystems, a privately held UK-based biotech company, announced a CARB-X award of up to $9.2 million to progress its pipeline of antibiotic precision medicines. The award includes initial no...

Northern Antibiotics Developing New Molecule Against Antibiotic Bacteria

Northern Antibiotics is working on a new antibiotic molecule that it hopes will become a weapon against antibiotic bacteria. Each year, around 60,000 deaths are caused by antibiotic-resistant bacte...

Childhood Antibiotic Exposure Has Important Clinically Relevant Implications, Warns RCGP

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A new study published in the British Journal of General Practice has reported that childhood antibiotic exposure has important clinically relevant implications, including disruption to the microbiome,...

UK’s CMA Accused Drug Companies of Illegal Market Sharing in Supply of Antibiotics

Drug firms accused of illegal market sharing in supply of antibiotic. The CMA has provisionally found that sellers of the antibiotic Nitrofurantoin broke competition law by arranging to carve up t...

Ewopharma and Vianex Announced New Partnership for Distribution of Amikacin in Switzerland

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Ewopharma and Vianex S.A. announced their new partnership for distribution of Amikacin in Switzerland. Ewopharma will be the new market authorisation holder for the drug and assuming all responsibilit...

Novo Holdings Invests over $10m in New Antibiotics’ Development

Small-molecule therapeutics company Curza received $5.25 million from the Novo Holdings REPAIR Impact Fund to help accelerate its lead programme focusing on a new class of antibiotics targeting drug-r...

Study Shows Prescription of Unnecessarily Long Antibiotics Courses

People are being prescribed unnecessarily long courses of antibiotics which may increase their risk of developing antibiotic resistant infections, a study has suggested. A recent study looked at 93...

Nosopharm and Evotec SE Announce Partnership to Accelerate Development of Novel Antibiotics

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Nosopharm, a company dedicated to the research and development of new anti-infective drugs, and Evotec SE, a drug discovery and development company, announced their partnership aimed at advancing Noso...

Civica and Xellia Agreed to Cooperate to Reduce Drug Shortages

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Civica Rx (Civica, Inc.) and Xellia Pharmaceuticals announced they have signed a product supply agreement under which Xellia will manufacture essential antibiotics, including Vancomycin and Daptomycin...

Biokhimik Received Certificate for First Russian Generic Doripenem

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JSC "Biokhimik", the leader in the production of antibiotics in the Russian Federation received a registration certificate for the production of the generic Doripenem – the first in the country. This ...

Forge and Basilea Announced a Research Collaboration To Discover And Develop Novel Antibiotics

Forge Therapeutics, Inc. (Forge) and Basilea Pharmaceutica International Ltd. (Basilea), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Basilea Pharmaceutica Ltd., announced today that they have entered into a research...

FEDEGARI: Cost-effective Solution for Sterile Antibiotic Powder Filling of Al-kegs

According to the FDA (Food and Drugs Administration), pharmaceutical manufacturing has been well known for its inefficient and costly operations (2004). Recently, the need to increase efficiency and r...

UK Breakthrough Plan for AMR

A new reimbursement model for antibiotics by the NHS and NICE is being labelled as a ‘great breakthrough’. The model is part of the government’s new national action plan on how it will fight agains...

GARDP, Eisai and Takeda join Forces to search new Antibiotics

Under a new agreement the Japanese pharma companies will access and screen molecules from Eisai and Takeda’s chemical libraries. Both libraries will be tested by the Institut Pasteur Korea, in order t...

PhagoMed Biopharma receives ‘Phönix 2018’ award in Austria

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Vienna-based Biotech company PhagoMed Biopharma was awarded the Austrian Entrepreneurship Award 'Phönix 2018' in the category “Start-Up International”.