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Erythromycin

Gastrointestinal Agents
CATEGORIES

Gastrointestinal Agents, Anti-Bacterial Agents, Protein Synthesis Inhibitors, Macrolides


ALIASES

Abboticin Amdipharm, Abboticin®, Abboticin® Novum, Ery 500 mg, Ery-Max®, Erythromycin Ebb, Erythromycin Panpharma, Eryc, Erygel, Erythra-derm, Erythromycin, Erythromycin Base, Erythromycin Base Base, Erythromycin Base Filmtab, Ilosone, Ilotycin, Pce, Staticin, T-stat


SUBSTANCES

erythromycin, erythromycin acistrate, erythromycin estolate, erythromycin ethyl carbonate, erythromycin ethylsuccinate, erythromycin gluceptate, erythromycin lactobionate, erythromycin propionate, erythromycin stearate, erythromycin stinoprate, erythromycin thiocyanate


ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERN: HIGH
Erythromycin is a macrolide antibiotic produced by Streptomyces erythreus. It inhibits bacterial protein synthesis by binding to bacterial 50S ribosomal subunits; binding inhibits peptidyl transferase activity and interferes with translocation of amino acids during translation and assembly of proteins. Erythromycin may be bacteriostatic or bactericidal depending on the organism and drug concentration.

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HIGH
Erythromycin is on the EU list of substances whose concentrations in surface water should be monitored in the Member States for environmental reasons.

There is a risk of selection for antibiotic resistance with the concentrations measured in Swedish wastewater treatment plants.

Erythromycin is included in the Stockholm County Council's table of pharmaceuticals with risk for negative environmental impact according to the environmental programme 2017-2021. Erythromycin has been detected in treated wastewater in Stockholm County at the beginning of the last five-year period (2012-2016).

Studies have shown that even low concentrations of antibiotics in the environment may trigger antibiotic resistance and therefore measures should be taken to ensure that as little as possible ends up in our environment.

Is recommended in The Wise List. Environmental classification of pharmaceuticals is taken into consideration, sometimes with other environmental aspects, when selecting pharmaceuticals for the Wise List. When comparable pharmaceuticals are equivalent to medical effects, safety and pharmaceutical efficacy, environmental impact and price are considered.

Suggestions on how to reduce the release of erythromycin
Concrete proposals on how to work to reduce emissions of environmentally harmful pharmaceuticals on the list have been developed in close cooperation with the Stockholm Drug and Therapeutics Committee's expert advice. The action proposals were developed from an environmental perspective. The patient's best always goes first and several pharmaceuticals on the list are also included in the Wise List. However, for such pharmaceuticals, there may be measures that could reduce the environmental impact.

Concrete proposal for erythromycin:
• Eryhtromycin is recommended in The Wise List.
• For antibiotics, the general rule is as restrictive use as possible without risking the patient's health. Relevant cultivation is important in order to choose antibiotics that have a good effect with as narrow spectrum as possible.

The risk classification moderate, according to Fass.se, is based on total sold amount (kg) of the substance in Sweden during the year 2011 and the toxicity of the substance, i.e. consideration has not been given to measured levels in the environment.

REFERENCES

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