volume 18, issue 3, P603-619 2004
DOI: 10.1016/j.idc.2004.04.006
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Stanley I Martin, Kenneth M Kaye

Abstract: beta-Lactam antibiotics share a common structure and mechanism of action, although they differ in their spectrum of antimicrobial activity and utility in treating different infections. The current classes include the penicillins, the penicillinase-resistant penicillins, the extended- spectrum penicillins, the cephalosporins, the carbapenems, and the monobactams. This article discusses some of the newest beta-lactams available for use in the United States: ertapenem, cefditoren, and cefepime. A new formulation …

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