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Newly Released Treatment Guidelines
- 2017 update of the German clinical guideline on management of uncomplicated urinary tract infections in adult patients. Part 2: therapy and prevention (Urol Int 2018 Mar 14 [Epub ahead of print]). This is an update of the 2010 guidelines.
- An executive summary from the European Society for Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID), the European Confederation of Medical Mycology (ECMM), and the European Respiratory Society (ERS), providing guidance for clinicians on prevention of disease, diagnostic procedures, resistance issues, and treatment of invasive aspergillosis* and chronic pulmonary aspergillosis* (Clin Microbiol Infect 2018 Mar 12 [Epub ahead of print]). Additional publications supporting the rationale for the recommendations are forthcoming.
- Clinical practice guidelines on hepatitis E virus infection* from the European Association for the Study of the Liver (J Hepatol 2018 Mar 30 [Epub ahead of print]). The guidelines are available on the EASL website.
- Guidelines for the prevention and management of genital herpes simplex infection* during pregnancy from the French College of Gynaecologists and Obstetricians (Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol 2018 Mar 9 [Epub ahead of print]).
- Updated guidelines on the management of cytomegalovirus in solid organ transplantation* from the Infectious Diseases Section of The Transplantation Society (Transplantation 2018 Mar 29 [Epub ahead of print]). This is an update of the guidelines published in 2013.
From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- A yellow fever* outbreak began in Brazil in December 2016. Since January 2018, 10 travel-related cases, including four deaths, have been reported in international travelers returning from Brazil. Eight of the travelers acquired the disease on the island of Ilha Grande, off the Rio de Janeiro coast. All 10 travelers were unvaccinated. Yellow fever vaccination is recommended for all eligible persons aged ≥9 months traveling to many areas of Brazil. YF-VAX, the US FDA-approved vaccine, is currently unavailable; an alternative vaccine not licensed in the US, Stamaril, can be obtained through a limited number of clinics in the US (click here). Vaccination should occur at least 10 days before travel, and recommendations to avoid mosquito bites should be followed (MMWR 67:340, 2018).
Drug Shortages (US)
- Antimicrobial drugs or vaccines in reduced supply or unavailable due to increased demand, manufacturing delays, product discontinuation by a specific manufacturer, or unspecified reasons:
- [New on the list]: Cefpodoxime oral suspension (unavailable)
- [Shortage recently resolved]: Ofloxacin 0.3% ophthalmic solution
- [Continue to be in reduced supply]:
- Aminoglycosides: Amikacin injection, Tobramycin injection
- Cephalosporins: Cefepime, Cefotaxime injection (unavailable), Cefoxitin, Ceftazidime, Ceftriaxone, Cefuroxime injection (unavailable)
- Fluoroquinolones: Ciprofloxacin injection, Ciprofloxacin oral suspension, Moxifloxacin injection (unavailable)
- Penicillins: Amoxicillin/clavulanate 1000 mg/62.5 mg ER tablets, Ampicillin/sulbactam, Oxacillin injection, Penicillin G benzathine/Penicillin G procaine 1.2 million units (Bicillin C-R), Penicillin G procaine injection (unavailable), Piperacillin/tazobactam
- Other antibacterials: Azithromycin injection, Clindamycin injection, Dalbavancin injection (unavailable), Doxycycline injection, Erythromycin lactobionate injection (unavailable), Metronidazole injection, Mupirocin calcium 2% cream, Mupirocin calcium 2% nasal ointment (unavailable), Vancomycin injection
- Antifungal drugs: Fluconazole injection
- Antiparasitic drugs: None
- Antiviral drugs: Oseltamivir oral suspension
- Vaccines: Hepatitis A Virus Vaccine Inactivated (Vaqta), Hepatitis B vaccine recombinant, Yellow Fever vaccine (unavailable)
- Antimicrobial drugs newly discontinued: Quinidine gluconate IV (in December 2017). Product distribution will continue until expiration of current stock (March 2019).
- Recent discontinuations: Terbinafine granules (in May 2017), MenHibrix (in February 2017), Elvitegravir (Vitekta, in December 2016), Peginterferon alfa-2b (in February 2016; 50 mcg vials still available in limited quantities), Boceprevir (in December 2015), Permethrin 1% topical lotion (in September 2015)
- For detailed information including estimated resupply dates, see http://www.ashp.org/menu/DrugShortages