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After Beating Cancer, Our Daughter Died from a Superbug Infection

picture of Meredith Littlejohn

Guest Authors: Steve Littlejohn and Stefanie London Modern medicine as we know it relies on effective antibiotics. I learned this in the most difficult way imaginable when our daughter was on her way to beating cancer only to succumb to an antibiotic-resistant infection. When Meredith entered her senior year, she was at the top of Read More >

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Patients Should Never Be “Stuck in the Middle”

Debra Goff PharmD

Debra Goff, PharmD, FCCP, is an associate professor and infectious diseases clinical pharmacist at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Julie E. Mangino, MD, FSHEA, FIDSA, is a professor of infectious diseases at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center In June 2018, The Ohio State University Infectious Diseases Institute hosted “Dental Antibiotic Stewardship Read More >

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Antimicrobial Stewardship in the Veterans Health Administration: Collaboration and Cooperation Generates Results

Kelly Echevarria, PharmD, BCPS, AQ-ID

Kelly Echevarria, PharmD, BCPS, AQ-ID National Clinical Pharmacy Program Manager, Infectious Diseases VHA Pharmacy Benefits Management PBM Designee co-lead; VHA National Antimicrobial Stewardship Task Force (ASTF) Today marks the beginning of U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week on the day we observe Veterans Day. Promoting appropriate use of antibiotics within the Veterans Health Administration (VA) is one Read More >

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Help Your Patients Make Safer Food Choices

Dr. Robert Tauxe, MD, MPH

Robert Tauxe, MD, MPH, Director of the Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases Every year, an estimated 1 in 6 Americans (or 48 million people) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die of foodborne diseases. Salmonella and Campylobacter, two of the many types of bacteria that are commonly transmitted through food, can cause Read More >

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When Prescribed Incorrectly, Lifesaving Antibiotics Can Be Dangerous, Carry Real Risks

Rachel Brummert, B.S., M.S., President of Patient Safety Impact In 2006, my doctor prescribed me Levaquin—a fluoroquinolone antibiotic—for a suspected sinus infection. A few weeks later, I ruptured my Achilles tendon while walking across a parking lot to my car. Since that time, I have suffered 24 tendon ruptures, each of which required extensive reconstructive Read More >

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