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What do I need to know about glycopeptide antibiotics?
  1. S Li,
  2. E S Starkey
  1. Derbyshire Children's Hospital, Derby, UK
  2. elizabeth.starkey{at}
  1. Correspondence to Dr E S Starkey, Derbyshire Children's Hospital, Uttoxeter Road, Derby DE22 3NE, UK; elizabeth.starkey{at}


Glycopeptides have been crucial in the fight against Gram-positive pathogens with their use within paediatrics becoming ever prevalent. This article reviews the pharmacology of the commonly used glycopeptides, vancomycin and teicoplanin, and discusses the practical aspects of their use in the clinical setting.

  • Therapeutics
  • Toxicology
  • Pharmacology
  • General Paediatrics

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  • Contributors SL wrote the main manuscript and ESS reviewed and made major amendments and submitted the article.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; externally peer reviewed.