Science and Technology : Antibiotics Can't Keep Up With 'Nightmare' Superbugs

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  1. Gorilla

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    Interview + Audio Version: http://www.npr.org/2013/10/22/239247134/antibiotics-cant-keep-up-with-nightmare-superbugs
     
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    Watch what happens when the pandemic starts. You'll see the drug companies come up with this new batch of drugs. For a nice tidy profit





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    thas why i don't let strange folk cough and sneeze on me ... :injured:

    hmmm ... maybe we need a new rule ... no cough'n, sneeze'n or disrespect ... :wink:

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    Currently, the super pill, and well keep secret, is Zyvox (linezolid), which had a roll-out price of 100.00 dollars per tablet. This isn't something I read about, but comes by way of personal experience.

    A very expensive antibiotic

    Until last week, I really hadn't heard of the antibiotic Zyvox (linezolid). But when a bug-bite on my left calf got inflamed, and my leg turned red and swollen, my physician recommended it for me to use. According to the label, it seems a good choice for diabetic foot infections: the cure rates in one clinical trial were 83% (159/192) and 73% (74/101) in the linezolid- and comparator-treated patients, respectively. And during the past week, my leg has slowly and steadily improved, with rest, elevation, and Zyvox.

    But back to the date of my doctor's visit. Since I was feeling pretty lousy, my wife picked up the prescription at our local pharmacy, and she was shocked. The copay was $215. The pharmacist mentioned to her that the cost of the prescription including the insurance company's share was $800. For 14 tablets. That's $57.15 per tablet.
    http://www.healthcentral.com/diabetes/c/110/85689/antibiotic/


     
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