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Well sure enough tylosin, or Tylan is a macrolide antibiotic, Tylan being one of the brand names. Ribosomal binding studies were conducted in 1977, and it looks like a snaggle laid out horizontally as opposed to the struture of Erythromycin A.

I don't believe any macrolides I know of have been shown effective against B. Anthracis; I looked at erythromycin (all Abbott forms) , troleandomycin (TAO, Pfizer), clarithromycin (Biaxin, Abbott), and Azithromycin (Zithromax, Pfizer) and that organism was notably off the lists. I see that chloramphenicol (Chloromyceitin, Parke-Davis) is apparently off the market these days after all these years; a shame, many of them might have been susceptible to the genetic toxicity syndrome associated with the drug.

Anthrax isn't the only germ in the world, besides Saddam Hussein, of course. Perhaps he's preparing for something susceptible to Tylan, or else, perhaps he had a lot of sick pigs?

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