Question 10

Compare and contrast the pharmacology of vancomycin and flucloxacillin.

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College Answer

Most candidates structured their answers well. Expected information included: the class of antibiotic of each agent, their respective pharmaceutics, pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, indications and adverse effects. Better answers provided pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic information relevant to each drug rather than generic statements. Good answers also included the common resistance mechanisms for both agents.