Jos G. W. Kosterink

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UNLABELLED The anti-human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2/neu) antibody trastuzumab is administered to patients with HER2/neu-overexpressing breast cancer. Whole-body noninvasive HER2/neu scintigraphy could help to assess and quantify the HER2/neu expression of all lesions, including nonaccessible metastases. The aims of this study were to develop(More)
Moxifloxacin (MFX) is a powerful second-line anti-tuberculosis (TB) agent, but the optimal dose has not yet been established and long-term safety data are scarce. We retrospectively reviewed the medical charts of TB patients treated at the Tuberculosis Centre Beatrixoord, University Medical Centre Groningen (Haren, the Netherlands) receiving MFX 400 mg once(More)
Treatment of multidrug-resistant (MDR) tuberculosis (TB) is challenging because of the high toxicity of second-line drugs and the longer treatment duration than for drug-susceptible TB patients. In order to speed up novel treatment for MDR-TB, we suggest considering expanding the indications of already available drugs. Six drugs with antimicrobial activity(More)
Like any other drug, antimicrobial drugs are prone to pharmacokinetic drug interactions. These drug interactions are a major concern in clinical practice as they may have an effect on efficacy and toxicity. This article provides an overview of all published pharmacokinetic studies on drug interactions of the commonly prescribed antimicrobial drugs(More)
Co-trimoxazole (SXT), a combination of sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim, has shown in vitro activity against Mycobacterium tuberculosis. However, the pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic parameters of SXT in multidrug-resistant (MDR) tuberculosis (TB) are, thus far, lacking. Therefore, we evaluated its pharmacokinetics and drug susceptibility, along with(More)
To the Editor—Cimitidine has been shown to reduce the bioavailability of po-saconazole [1], and this interactive effect has also been predicted for proton pump inhibitors [2]. In our center (University Medical Center Groningen; Groningen, The Netherlands), we monitor posacon-azole serum trough levels regularly in patients who receive posaconazole as salvage(More)
INTRODUCTION ColoPulse tablets are an innovative development in the field of oral dosage forms characterized by a distal ileum and colon-specific release. Previous studies in humans showed release in the ileo-colonic region, but the relationship between gastrointestinal pH and release was not experimentally proven in vivo. This information will complete the(More)
The use of linezolid for the treatment of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis is limited by dose- and time-dependent toxicity. Recently, we reported a case of pharmacokinetic drug-drug interaction between linezolid and clarithromycin that resulted in increased linezolid exposure. The aim of this prospective pharmacokinetic study is to quantify the effect of(More)
BACKGROUND Drug-drug interactions (DDIs) are very prevalent in hospitalized patients. OBJECTIVES To determine the number of DDI alerts, time saved, and time invested after suppressing clinically irrelevant alerts and adding clinical-decision support to relevant alerts. MATERIALS AND METHODS The most frequently occurring DDIs were evaluated for clinical(More)
BACKGROUND Fluconazole is recommended as first-line treatment in invasive candidiasis in children and infants. Although timely achievement of adequate exposure of fluconazole improves outcome, therapeutic drug monitoring is currently not recommended. METHODS We conducted a retrospective study of critically ill children treated with fluconazole from(More)