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Netilmicin reassessed

Abstract

In 1982 we opposed the universal substitution of netilmicin (Netillin - Kirby-Warrick) for gentamicin and tobramycin although it is said to be less toxic.1 Bacterial endocarditis is an exception where netilmicin may sometimes be preferable to gentamicin,2 for example in the elderly or those with impaired renal or vestibular function.3 We reassess the claimed advantages of netilmicin in the light of recent data.

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