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Personalized medication dosages
July 23, 2017, 1:20 pm

Medications are usually prescribed in such a way that each patient receives the same standardized amount of a certain drug, irrespective of the clinical conditions of the patient, such as state of health, metabolism, or other physical factors. Personalized drug therapy, where the dose of drugs, the dosage intervals and duration of treatments are all tailored to fit the individual need of a patient, has been found to be more effective in treating patients.

A researcher team at the University of Freiburg in Germany has developed a bio-analytical method that can measure the class of β-lactam antibiotics in human blood on-site, whether it is in the operating room, intensive ward or doctor's office, as well as during a house call.

In human medicine, β-lactam antibiotics are often used to prevent and treat infectious diseases. The new bio-analytical system allows doctors to easily determine just how quickly the patient’s body metabolizes a drug and individually adjust the necessary dose to meet the need of the specific patient.

Researchers now aim to test the new system on a wider cohort of patients to find its broader applications.

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