Fosfomycin may be an efficient antibiotic against drug-resistant bacteria. Credit: bigstockphoto
An old antibiotic may help fight drug-resistant bacteria

Fosfomycin, developed 40 years ago as an antibiotic, holds a promise for better fighting multi drug-resistant bacteria. A new study found that a dosing regimen of 6–12 grams per day, divided in 3 doses, is efficient for the treatment of systemic multi-drug-resistant bacterial infections. The drug is found on the market today, however, in most European countries only the oral formulation is approved as a 3 g single dose for treatment of uncomplicated cystitis. If the results are confirmed, the drug could be a useful tool to a growing problem: drug-resistant bacterial infections.

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Scientific publication: Wiley