Could the Drug that Saves You, Kill You?
Bacterial infections are quite common and prove not only to be a nuisance, but also potentially lethal if not properly treated. The development of antibiotics by the pharmaceutical industries has saved numerous lives over the last 80 years. For serious infections, antibiotics with wide coverage are needed, yet many of these life saving drugs come at a high cost. Chloramphenicol is a broad spectrum antibiotic that can treat many infections including CNS infections. Research has shown it to be linked to harmful side effects and classified it to be a reasonable anticipated human carcinogen. Evidence supports restrictions on usage of this drug to certain populations and as a last line of treatment.