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Antibiotic developed to tackle hospital bug

Tuesday 10th July 2012
Antibiotic developed to tackle hospital bug
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Cases of Clostridium difficile (C diff) are set to be targeted, as a new antibiotic has been developed to tackle the illness which has been prevalent in a number of hospital outbreaks.

The medication, known as fidaxomicin, has been approved by experts in Scotland, and becomes the first type of drug to fight C diff since the 1950s with the potential to save the lives of patients who are affected by the infection.

It has already been heralded as a major step forward in the treatment of this illness. Officials have stated, however, that it will only be administered to adults who develop a second bout of C diff.

Professor Robert Masterton, director of the Institute of Healthcare Associated Infection at the University of the West of Scotland, said: "The approval of fidaxomicin represents a notable milestone in combating the still significant impact and spread of this disease."

It comes after STV reported that a hospital in the Highlands had to close it cancer ward following the outbreak of a C diff virus.

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