Significant Publications on Infectious Diseases Pharmacotherapy in 2018

J Pharm Pract. 2019 Oct;32(5):546-557. doi: 10.1177/0897190019863921. Epub 2019 Jul 21.


Purpose: To summarize the top 10 most influential peer-reviewed infectious diseases (ID) pharmacotherapy articles published in the year 2018.

Summary: Members of the Houston Infectious Diseases Network (HIDN) nominated articles that were thought to have most notably contributed to ID pharmacotherapy in 2018, including those related to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). A total of 26 articles were nominated: 22 articles pertaining to general ID pharmacotherapy and 4 articles involving HIV/AIDS. To select the most significant articles of 2018, a survey was created and distributed to members of the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists (SIDP) asking members to vote on their top 10 general ID publications and 1 HIV publication. Of the 462 members surveyed, 213 (46%) and 108 (23%) voted for general ID pharmacotherapy- and HIV-related articles, respectively. The top article(s) for both categories are summarized.

Conclusion: With the increased emphasis on antimicrobial stewardship initiatives and the growing problem of multidrug-resistant (MDR) organisms, the amount of ID literature centered on stewardship, appropriate treatment durations, and newly approved antimicrobial agents continues to expand, making it challenging for clinicians to stay informed on the most relevant publications. This review summarizes significant ID-related publications in 2018 with the goal of aiding clinicians in staying up to date on the most noteworthy publications in ID pharmacotherapy.

Keywords: antimicrobials; infectious diseases; pharmacotherapy; publications; stewardship.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Infective Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Communicable Diseases / drug therapy*
  • Communicable Diseases / epidemiology
  • Drug Therapy / methods
  • Drug Therapy / standards
  • Humans
  • Peer Review / methods
  • Peer Review / standards*
  • Periodicals as Topic / standards*


  • Anti-Infective Agents