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Curr Opin Microbiol. 2004 Oct;7(5):466-76.

Taking inventory: antibacterial agents currently at or beyond phase 1.

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Johnson and Johnson Pharmaceutical Research and Development, L.L.C., 1000 Route 202, Raritan, New Jersey 08869, USA.


At least 18 antibacterial agents are currently undergoing clinical trials for the treatment of infections caused by susceptible and resistant bacteria. The beta-lactam class includes new parenteral carbapenems and cephalosporins with varying spectra of activities. The glycopeptides are antibiotics with in vitro activity primarily against Gram-positive bacteria, including multi-resistant strains. Three quinolones are being investigated for use against a variety of Gram-positive and respiratory Gram-negative organisms. Several other classes of antibacterial agents currently in clinical trials are represented by a glycolipodepsipeptide, a dihydrofolate reductase inhibitor, an oxazolidinone, two peptide antibiotics, a glycylcycline, and a peptide deformylase inhibitor, a member of a new antibacterial class.

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