I tried to interest my friend Bactam, but it took many years for him to see the light. Now he's got a halo!
Source: npl-folk email from Askew.
First Issue: Feb 1993
The nom derives from the end term of a group of bacterial produced antibiotics ( related to beta lactam antibiotics- e.g. penicillins and cephalosporins) of which I had a part in the discovery (see NATURE 291:489-491 (1981)). They are monocyclic beta-lactams from bacteria, from which the name comes. An analog derived from this group, aztreonam, is currently approved and used, as a parenteral (IV/IM) agent for the therapy of serious Gram-negative bacterial infections in man in > 60 countries.