"Check-up Your Medicines to Save Your Life"

No.6 Antibiotics Part2


Message: Lessons Learned from "Kusuri-no-Check"

SUZUKI, Toshihiro
Lawyer (Japan)

Main Feature: Antibiotics Part2

The main culprit behind emergence of resistant bacteria
@Prolonged and pointless use for cold and after surgery
HAMA, Rokuro
Letters from readers: Antibiotics for children
Side Effect of antibiotics---"Just in case" medication can be fatal.
Common Severe side effects of antibiotics
OHTSU, Fumiko
Column: Vancomycin Resistant Enterococcus (VRE) and antibiotics for animals
Relatively common side effects of antibiotics
Right method to prevent surgical infection
@Single use of antibiotics just before surgery
Survey for doctors:
@The survey on knowledge about and prescription attitude toward the prevention of surgical infection among supervisors at educational hospitals
"Therapeutic Guidelines Antibiotics" for propagation of appropriate treatment
Drug information leaflet for patient (antibiotics)


The Relay Essay "Yells for pharmacists"
Tricks in Assessment/Approval of New Drugs:
@Is it true that costs of antibiotics used before surgery could not be reimbursed by health insurance?
Film : Como agua para chocolate (Like water for Chocolate)
TANIDA, Noritoshi
Bioethics in Lay Language 6 "History of Bioethics"
TANIDA, Noritoshi
Subacute myelo-optico-neuropathy (SMON: Clioquinol-induced toxic nerve disease)
IZUMI, Kohichi
Visit1: Atopy- Steroid Information Center (ASIC) 10th Anniversary Symposium
@"Treatment for atopic dermatitis"
Visit2: Sapporo Freedom School "YU"
@A serial seminar "Drug disaster and human rights", Special Project
Visit3: ISDB Declaration on Therapeutic Advance in the Use of Medicines

New Series

Interview by Editor in Chief
@With Mr. HANAI, Jugo (Delegate, Osaka HIV Suit Plaintiffs)


Sudden cardio-pulmonary arrest by asthma inhaler, Berotec erosol (MDI)

@Single use of antibiotic right before surgery is an essential surgical treatment.
HAMA, Rokuro

Readers' Voice


Words Frequently Heard at Hospital

  • Hospital infection-----Prevention by frequent hand wash and disinfection
  • Prick test----- Liquid medicine on small scar: observe the response
  • Intradermal test-----Applied to diagnosis of tuberculosis and hypersensitivity
  • Side effect----of which vigilance is important as well as of drug disaster.
  • Leaflet for patients and drug inserts----Clear description of side effects is essential