Azithromycin

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In medicine, azithromycin is a "semi-synthetic macrolide antibiotic structurally related to erythromycin. It has been used in the treatment of Mycobacterium avium intracellular infections, toxoplasmosis, and cryptosporidiosis."[1]

Development

Azithromycin was patented in 1982.[2] Zithromax was approved by the Food and Drug Administration for Pfizer in 1991.[3] Non-authorized generic drugs manufactured by Teva, Sandoz, and Abraxis were approved in the United States starting in 2005.[3]

Drug toxicity

Drug toxicity includes cardiovascular death.[4]

References

  1. Anonymous (2015), Azithromycin (English). Medical Subject Headings. U.S. National Library of Medicine.
  2. patent:4328334 - Google Patents. Retrieved on 2009-02-01.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Drugs@FDA. Food and Drug Administration. Retrieved on 2009-02-01.
  4. Ray et al. (2012) Azithromycin and the Risk of Cardiovascular Death