Currently, one of the most widely used medicines administered by Physicians is Injectable Antibiotics. Introduced in the 1930's, antibiotics have greatly reduced the mortality rates in patients presenting with a wide variety of infections. Since that time, many other antibiotics have been introduced that have greatly increased our ability to fight infections. Some of these injectable antibiotics include a better Penicillin (Bicillin), Aminoglycosides (Gentamicin), Cephalosporins (Cefazolin/Ancef, Ceftriaxone/Rocephin) and Lincomycin (Lincocin). Broad Spectrum antibiotics are typically used to treat conditions in the absence of laboratory data, but best practice is to "match the drug with the bug" for the most effective outcomes.
Physicians administer injectable Gentamicin, a narrow-spectrum antibiotic, primarily for the treatment of more serious infections including those caused by aerobic gram-negative bacilli.
Physicians administer injectable Cephalosporins, such as Ceftriaxone (Rocephin) and Cefazolin (Ancef) more than all other antibiotics combined when treating a broad spectrum of pathogens.
Physicians administer injectable Lincosamides, such as Lincocin and Clindamycin, primarily in the treatment of anaerobic, streptococcal, and staphylococcal infections
Physicians depend on Penicillin G, an almost ideal antibiotic, for use in treating a wide variety of gram-positive and gram-negative bacterial infections.