cephalosporin (Major drug group)

January 2002
Royal Society of Medicine: Medicines;2002, p147
Reference Entry
The article presents information on cephalosporin, a group of antibiotic drugs that are chemically part of the beta-lactam class. They are broad-spectrum antibacterial drugs that act against both Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria. Their chemical structure bears a strong resemblance to that of the penicillins. As a group, the cephalosporins are generally active against streptococci, staphylococci and a number of Gram-negative bacteria, including many coliforms.


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