There is no doubt that immunity to human cytomegalovirus (CMV) is both cell-and antibody-mediated. Studies in transplant patients showed that absence of T-cell protection with chemotherapy is a set-up for recurrent and severe CMV disease. It was also shown that patients Continue reading The Monoclonal Pursuit of the Next CMV Therapeutic
There is much interest in inhaled antibiotics these days. Prima facie, the logic for this approach is compelling: Getting the antibiotic (and a lot of it) directly to the site of infection, while avoiding systemic toxicity, sounds like optimized efficacy Continue reading Antibiotic Inhalers Galore (Part 1): More Combinations and Permutations than a Rubik’s Cube
The QIDP designation was introduced in 2012 to incentivize drug development in antiinfectives. QIDP came with several attractive features, such as prolongation of patent life, FDA expedited review and more. In addition, FDA made it quite easy to garner the label. Continue reading Prospecting for New Antibiotics
There are only 3 CDI drugs in wider clinical use: vancomycin, metronidazole, and fidaxomicin. They are from totally different classes and have almost nothing in common except for proven efficacy in C. difficile infection (CDI). Like vancomycin, the entire group Continue reading Quo Vadis, CDI Drugs?
SIRS, sepsis, severe sepsis, septic shock is a continuum, a crescendo of signs and symptoms associated with an infection uncontrolled by host responses. An avalanche or cascade of seemingly unstoppable events occurs often in a matter of hours which has Continue reading Recent Sepsis Literature