Antibiotics play a huge and important part in our life. Due to their availability and strong impact they have become very common. With all the disadvantages known of antibiotics, they still are preferred by many civilians as means of treatment. However, a new study at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center have showed that a certain gene in the body can be responsible for fatal effects, due to a reaction to a certain antibiotic.
Vancomycin, which is a very popular and commonly used antibiotic, could actually affect you negatively rather than the way you need it. The experiment studied the gene carefully, which had severe reactions to the medicine. The team recommends to start regular testing for such enzymes, in hopes to help prevent patients from using the antibiotic.
One of the most credible experts in the field of medicine, Elizabeth Phillips, MD, stated in her study (published in The journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology) “We think this test will be important in the clinical care of patients starting vancomycin and will prevent mortality and short- and long-term complications. This observation also represents significant progress as we zero in on the mechanisms of these life-threatening immune-mediated drug reactions.”
Vancomycin is a very common antibiotic to be described daily to patients. It is important to showcase this study and help it rise as this could save the lives of many different people worldwide. More studies should be conducted to study other genes that might be a cause of risk too.