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November 2008
Vol. 18 No. 11
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Top Stories
ICAAC/IDSA Symposium Highlights Alternatives to Vancomycin
Vancomycin — usually used as a drug of last resort to treat infections caused by gram-positive bacteria — is increasingly being replaced by other agents because of the emergence of vancomycin-resistant organisms. Speakers at the 48th Annual ICAAC/ IDSA 46th Annual Meeting last month in Washington, D.C., talked about newer and investigational alternative agents, which may be used alone or in combination with vancomycin.
New ARVs Offer Virologic Suppression in Most Patients
Newer antiretroviral (ARV) drugs in existing and novel classes are highly effective in treatment-experienced patients, but physicians must be careful to screen adequately for resistance patterns and sensitivity to agents, according to a session on state-of-the-art HIV care at the 48th Annual ICAAC/IDSA 46th Annual Meeting.
ID Physicians Can Increase Medicare Payments in 2009
With fee schedule updates for 2009, plus incentive payments for e-prescribing and quality-measure reporting, physicians can increase their Medicare payments next year.

*IDSA Journal Club will return in the next issue of IDSA News.


Upcoming dates to remember

Joint Research Awards application deadline
February 13, 2009 (5:00 EST) 

Fellows In-Training Exam
March 3-4, 2009
*Note: This is a different date than was previously advertised.

Clinical Practice Management Meeting
March 20-21, 2009
San Diego, CA

IDSA 47th Annual Meeting
October 29-November 1, 2009
Philadelphia, PA

 

SHEA 2009 Annual Scientific Meeting
March 19-22, 2009
San Diego, CA

The IDSA Journal Club is on vacation.
Top Stories
ICAAC/IDSA Symposium Highlights Alternatives to Vancomycin
New ARVs Offer Virologic Suppression in Most Patients
ID Physicians Can Increase Medicare Payments in 2009
From the President
Change is in the Air
Patient Care and Science
Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs, National Campaigns Curb Usage
How to Treat MRSA? What Makes it Virulent?
ACIP Recommends Pneumococcal Vaccine for Cigarette Smokers
In the IDSA Journals
EIN: When is it OK for TB Patients to Use TNF inhibitors?
Drug Approvals, Recalls, Adverse Events Update
Practice Management
Infusion and Injection CPT Codes Changed
2009 Clinical Practice Meeting in San Diego
Global ID
WHO Promotes “Three I’s” for HIV/TB Co-infection
Policy and Advocacy
IM Subspecialists Lend Support to Adult Immunization
FDA Advisory Groups Warn Against Home Stockpiling of Antivirals for Pandemic Flu
Education and Resources
Seasonal and Pandemic Influenza 2008 Monograph Now Available
How to Claim CME Credit from ICAAC/IDSA
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