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beta-Lactam antibiotics share a common structure and mechanism of action, although they differ in their spectrum of antimicrobial activity and utility in treating different infections. The current classes include the penicillins, the penicillinase-resistant penicillins, the extended- spectrum penicillins, the cephalosporins, the carbapenems, and the monobactams. This article discusses some of the newest beta-lactams available for use in the United States: ertapenem, cefditoren, and cefepime. A new formulation of amoxicillin-clavulanate, which contains higher doses of amoxicillin, is also discussed.


Stanley I Martin, Kenneth M Kaye. Beta-lactam antibiotics: newer formulations and newer agents. Infectious disease clinics of North America. 2004 Sep;18(3):603-19, ix

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PMID: 15308278

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