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Back To Vidyya Alternative Treatment For Certain Ear Infections

Leading Panel Meets To Discuss Topical Treatment Options

Renowned pediatricians and otolaryngologists from across the country, all members of the American Academy of Pediatrics, met in Boston to review data on alternative treatments to oral antibiotics when treating children with ear tubes who develop ear infections with drainage. Each year approximately 2 million children suffer from recurring ear infections that lead to the placement of ear tubes. Doctors and parents have traditionally fought middle ear infections with oral antibiotics. However, middle ear infections in children with ear tubes may call for alternative treatment options, such as the topical antibiotic Floxin ® Otic (ofloxacin otic solution) 0.3%.

"The use of antibiotic ear drops for treating children with infected ear tubes is not currently common amongst primary care physicians," explained panel chairperson Jerome O. Klein, M.D., Vice Chairman Academic Affairs, Department of Pediatrics, Boston Medical Center and Professor of Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA. "Our purpose for meeting today is to address the scientific data about the use of topical treatments, in particular Floxin Otic, with the expectation of raising awareness among primary care providers about this treatment option."

As the incidence of antibiotic resistance increases, one problem with oral antibiotic treatment, particularly for children who suffer from recurring infections, is that the more an antibiotic is used the more likely the bacteria will develop resistance to the medication.

"A topical antibiotic can be the first-line treatment of choice when treating ear drainage and infected ear tubes, if there is no underlying systemic infection," stated panelist Seth Pransky, M.D., Director, Pediatric Otolaryngology at Children's Hospital, San Diego, CA. "When appropriate, I prescribe Floxin Otic for such infections, as it presents a safe and effective alternative treatment to oral antibiotics."

Identifying and prescribing an alternative to oral antibiotics may help reduce the risk of developing resistance.

"Antibiotic resistance is not a new phenomena. In fact, its beginnings can be traced back to the 1930s with the introduction of antimicrobial drugs. Anything we as parents and physicians can do to facilitate a more judicious use of oral antibiotics can help reduce a child's exposure to bacteria with increased resistance," commented Klein.

The proceedings from the August 15th meeting will be published in a future issue of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal.

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