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Availability in Both Intravenous and Oral Formulation is a Leading Drug Attribute Surveyed Physicians Prefer for the Treatment of Urinary Tract Infections in the Hospital Setting
Date:6/24/2009

Seventy-Seven Percent of Surveyed Physicians Will Increase Their Use of Carbapenems In the Next Five Years, According to a New Report from AMR and Decision Resources

MALVERN, Pa. and WALTHAM, Mass., June 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Arlington Medical Resources (AMR) and Decision Resources find that availability in both intravenous and oral formulation is a leading drug attribute that surveyed physicians prefer for the treatment of complicated urinary tract infections (UTIs) in the hospital setting. Antibiotics available in interchangeable oral and parenteral formulations can facilitate step-down therapy and discharge from the hospital to the outpatient setting.

"Physicians prescribe a wide variety of antibiotics for UTIs, mainly from the quinolone and cephalosporin classes," stated Lisa Arias, analyst at Decision Resources. "These broad-spectrum agents are popular first-line agents in UTIs, and oral quinolones, in particular, have become a popular choice for first-line, step-down and discharge therapy."

The new report entitled Hospital Anti-Infectives Insight Series: Urinary Tract Infections also finds that extended-spectrum beta-lactamase-producing and quinolone-resistant gram-negative pathogens are among the most concerning pathogens, and that 77 percent of surveyed physicians expect to increase their prescribing of carbapenems for complicated UTIs in the next five years. These potent, broad-spectrum antibiotics are especially useful for treating gram-negative infections involving resistant organisms.

About Hospital Anti-Infectives Insight Series

AMR and Decision Resources' Hospital Anti-Infectives Insight Series analyzes hospital antibiotic prescribing patterns using AMR's comprehensive and highly detailed clinical data in conjunction with Decision
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SOURCE Decision Resources; Arlington Medical Resources
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