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Phenothiazines: potential alternatives for the management of antibiotic resistant infections of tuberculosis and malaria in developing countries

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The in vitro and in vivo activity of phenothiazines against antibiotic susceptible and antibiotic resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis and malaria-causing Plasmodia is reviewed. Given the facts that pulmonary tuberculosis and malaria are the major causes of death in developing countries, that both of these infections continue to escalate in their resistance to antibiotics, that the cost for the management of these infections is beyond that afforded by most developing nations, and lastly, that new and effective agents are not forthcoming from the pharmaceutical industry, the scientific rationale for the potential use of select phenothiazines for the management of these infections is presented.
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Keywords: antimicrobial activity; malaria; phenothiazines; tuberculosis

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2001-12-01

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