new antibiotic telithromycin (Ketek)

Aventis will promote a new antibiotic telithromycin (Ketek).

Telithromycin belongs to a brand-new class of antibiotics called ketolides...similar to macrolides.

But telithromycin has an edge...it's effective against macrolide-resistant Strep pneumoniae. Over 14% of Strep is resistant to macrolide antibiotics.

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