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Int J Antimicrob Agents. 2002 Apr;19(4):355-8.

Standardization of pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic (PK/PD) terminology for anti-infective drugs.

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Department of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Canisius Wilhelmina Hospital, Weg door Jonkerbos 100, 6532 sz Nijmegen, The Netherlands.


Over the last decades, the interest in the relationships between the pharmacokinetics (PK) and pharmacodynamics (PD) of antimicrobial agents has increased and, therefore, the use of PK/PD indices and expressions has spread widely. The appropriate definition and use of these parameters is a matter of controversy. This paper contains a proposal to use PK/PD expressions for antimicrobial agents and their units in a uniform manner.

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