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In 1943, Albert Schatz, a tender Rutgers collage Ph. D. pupil, labored on a wartime venture in microbiology professor Selman Waksman’s lab, looking for an antibiotic to struggle infections at the entrance strains and at domestic. In his 11th test on a standard bacterium present in farmyard soil, Schatz chanced on streptomycin, the 1st potent remedy for tuberculosis, one of many world’s deadliest illnesses.
As director of Schatz’s learn, Waksman took credits for the invention, belittled Schatz’s paintings, and secretly enriched himself with royalties from the streptomycin patent filed via the pharmaceutical corporation Merck. In an extraordinary lawsuit, younger Schatz sued Waksman, and was once presented the identify of “co-discoverer” and a percentage of the royalties. yet years later, Professor Waksman on my own was once provided the Nobel Prize. Schatz disappeared into educational obscurity.
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Chloral hydrate This acts like alcohol. Chlorpromazine Possible ocular damage. Hypotension during labour. Cimetidine, ranitidine, misoprostol Theoretical risk of miscarriage, manufacturers advise to avoid. Congenital facial paralysis and vascular disruption with misoprostol. Cocaine Intrauterine growth retardation, congenital malformations of bones, eyes or heart. Abrupt withdrawal causes premature labour. Danazol Masculinization of the neonate Diuretics furosemide (frusemide) thiazides Ephedrine, in ‘cold cures’ OTC+ Hypoperfusion of placenta and sudden death.
In all cases, it is important that the offending drug is discontinued. 2: anaphylaxis and angioedema). 2 Anaphylaxis and angioedema The most immediate type of hypersensitivity response is anaphylaxis. This can also arise from allergens in food or bee stings. Anaphylaxis is characterized by the sudden onset of urticarial rash, tissue swelling (particularly around the mouth), obstruction of the respiratory tract, bronchoconstriction and hypotension. Bronchospasm may be the ﬁrst indication of a problem.
For example, the liquid form of a drug will be absorbed more rapidly and completely than a solid tablet. This can be of clinical importance: for example paracetamol given as a liquid acts more rapidly than when given as a tablet. qxd 10/8/01 6:18 PM Page 8 Pharmacology for Midwives 8 Pharmacokinetics: how the body handles the drug This section addresses the questions: ᭹ ᭹ ᭹ Is the drug getting to the desired site of action? (absorption and distribution) Is the drug getting out of the body? (elimination) Is there a risk of accumulation and toxicity?