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Med J Aust. 2009 Apr 6;190(7):388-9.

Pertussis prevention and treatment: a call for wider access to azithromycin.

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  • 1Sydney Children's Hospital, Sydney, NSW, Australia.


Azithromycin is recommended as the first-line antibiotic for the prophylaxis and treatment of pertussis, a common vaccine-preventable communicable disease. Azithromycin is better tolerated than other macrolide antibiotics. Access to azithromycin is limited, as the product information and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme do not include azithromycin for pertussis. Issues regarding access to azithromycin are highlighted in a case report of pertussis exposure in a tertiary paediatric hospital.

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