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Antimicrobial activity of Ro 15-8074, active metabolite of a new oral cephalosporin (Ro 15-8075), against 7,775 recent clinical isolates.

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Susceptibility testing of 7,775 recent clinical isolates from four medical centers showed Ro 15-8074 to be 2-to greater than 8-fold more active than either cefaclor or cefuroxime against the Enterobacteriaceae. Ro 15-8074 MICs for 50% of the strains tested were greater than or equal to 32 micrograms/ml for Staphylococcus spp., enterococci, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Pseudomonas maltophilia. beta-Lactamase hydrolysis experiments failed to demonstrate significant Ro 15-8074 inactivation by commonly encountered chromosomal or plasmid-mediated enzymes (P99, K1, K14, TEM, and CARB).

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