Thursday, January 17, 2008

Vancomycin

There's a really thorough discussion of the history of vancomycin and how its use has evolved in the 50+ years it has been available in the US in this 2006 article:
Levine DP. Vancomycin: a history. Clin Infect Dis. 2006 Jan 1;42 Suppl 1:S5-12.

The Wikipedia entry on this antibiotic also gives a little history and briefly discusses vancomycin resistance. For a better examination of vancomycin resistance, consider this CDC page on vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus and this one on vancomycin-resistant Staphylococcus.

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