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Repurposed drug helps antibiotics get under bacterial skin

By Anette Breindl
Senior Science Editor

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Pentamidine, an antiparasitic drug that is on the World Health Organization's list of essential medicines and is used to treat conditions including leishmaniasis and pneumocystis pneumonia, sensitized gram-negative bacteria to antibiotics that are usually effective only for treating gram-positive bugs, including bacterial strains that were resistant to colistin.

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