Gonorrhoea drug no longer works
Jeremy Laurance is a writer on health issues. He is former health editor of The Independent and the i and has covered the specialism for more than 20 years. He thinks the harm medicine does is under-appreciated, the harm it prevents over-rated, and that cycling works better than most drugs. He was named Specialist Journalist of the Year in the 2011 British Press Awards.
Tuesday 11 October 2011
Doctors were warned yesterday to abandon a drug used to treat gonorrhoea because it is no longer effective.
The announcement by the Health Protection Agency highlights the advance of organisms resistant to antibiotics which pose one of the gravest threats to global health.
The agency warned that the disease – with 17,000 cases in 2009 – should in future be treated with ceftriaxone injections, and azithromycin pills, in place of cefixime.
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