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Clin Microbiol Infect. 2012 Jan;18(1):4-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-0691.2011.03636.x. Epub 2011 Sep 13.

Fosfomycin: an old--new antibiotic.

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Infectious Diseases Unit, Ha'Emek Medical Centre, Afula, Israel.


Fosfomycin is a broad-spectrum antibiotic discovered in Spain in 1969. It has bactericidal activity against a wide range of bacteria, including gram-negative micro-organisms and some gram-positive bacteria, such as staphylococci. Initially fosfomycin was administered parenterally and only to patients with severe infections. Today it is often dispensed as fosfomycin-trometamol, an oral formula recommended in the treatment of urinary tract infections. Fosfomycin-trometamol in a single dose is indicated for the treatment of women with uncomplicated urinary tract infections.

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