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To the Editor: Recognizing the fact that medical progress is in part measured by new therapies I am nevertheless disturbed by the article "Beta Hemolytic Streptococcal Illness" (Amer J Dis Child112: 21-27, 1966). Evaluating the effectiveness of ampicillin (Penbritin, Polycillin, Omnipen) and lincomycin hydrochloride monohydrate (Lincocin) in the treatment of streptococcal disease in children implies, by matter of association with penicillin G, their acceptibility as modes of therapy in streptococcal disease. The point should be made that despite the fact these drugs work, they are certainly not acceptable substitutes for penicillin in cases of pure streptococcal illness. It should be stressed that they have very definite properties and advantages which should suggest their use at specified times only. The problem of emergence of drug resistant organisms is a most serious one. Fortunately, β-hemolytic streptococci have remained sensitive to penicillin despite its continued widespread use.
Let's not exhaust our armamentarium.
ARONSON NG. PENICILLIN AND THE STREPTOCOCCUS. Am J Dis Child. 1966;112(6):608–609. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1966.02090150152025
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