University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Old drugs, new tricks: Medications approved for other uses also have antibiotic action

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — A number of drugs already approved to treat parasitic infections, cancers, infertility and other conditions also show promise as antibiotic agents against staph and tuberculosis infections, according to a new study by University of Illinois chemists and collaborators. Because these agents act against multiple targets within the bacteria, it may be harder for bacteria to develop resistance.

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Multitarget TB drug could treat other diseases, evade resistance

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — A drug under clinical trials to treat tuberculosis could be the basis for a class of broad-spectrum drugs that act against various bacteria, fungal infections and parasites, yet evade resistance, according to a study by University of Illinois chemists and collaborators.

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