Combo therapy no better for pediatric pneumonia

06/11/2013 | Family Practice News

Ceftriaxone alone is as effective as ceftriaxone and azithromycin combined in treating the majority of children with community-acquired pneumonia, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies. Dr. Derek J. Williams, a pediatrician at Vanderbilt University, looked at data from 941 children and found no difference in length of hospital stay between the monotherapy and combination therapy groups. "This is an important finding, because we know that limiting antimicrobial use to the narrowest-spectrum agent for the shortest duration is imperative to slow the epidemic of antimicrobial resistance," Williams said.

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