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Antibiotics

What is an antibiotic?

Put simply, antibiotics are drugs that either kill bacteria or stop them multiplying.

Aminoglycosides

These antibiotics have been around for many years. The first aminoglycoside, streptomycin, was first discovered in the 1940’s, and was the first agent used to treat tuberculosis.

Glycopeptides

The first glycopeptide, vancomycin, was isolated from the organism Streptomyces in the mid-1950s.

Sulphur drugs

Sulphur and sulphur containing compounds are one of the one oldest antimicrobial substances in clinical use.

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