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Experts warn against overuse of antibiotics

Experts warn against overuse of antibiotics

India's action plan to tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has made limited progress and it must beef up efforts including a clear roadmap to stop overuse of antibiotics and their misuse in animals that are important for humans, a Delhi-based research and advocacy body said Friday. That is, antibiotic resistance develops in bacteria, not humans or animals.

If you do fall ill, do not pressure your healthcare professional to prescribe an antibiotic as they are generally not appropriate or effective for treating viral infections, such as flu.

A middle ear infection, also called otitis media, occurs when a virus or bacteria cause the area behind the eardrum to become inflamed. That routine use of antibiotics contributes to the rise and spread of certain drug-resistant bacteria known as "superbugs".

You can help. When you're sick, let your doctors use their clinical skills and judgment to decide whether you need an antibiotic to lessen the chance of unnecessarily fostering resistance.

Because of the use of antibiotics, deaths from infection plummeted and life expectancy increased.

He said: "By the time such patient is presented at the hospital to get prescription drugs to address certain health challenge, you discover that there is resistance, you now need to take a high and more improved medication that comes at a higher cost".

"The patient needs to know if you take antibiotics for the common cold then the next time you need antibiotics, they very may well not work or you may very well need to step up to a much stronger, more potent antibiotic, which may very well carry greater side effects", he said.




While 73 percent said the federal government should provide incentives to encourage increased private sector investment in the development of new antibiotics, 83 percent believe pharmaceutical companies should also develop more antibiotics. Among these are the One Health Approach and the Manual of Procedures for Implementing AMS Programs in Hospitals.

"The Framework identifies opportunities for action and desired outcomes under four pillars: surveillance, stewardship, infection prevention and control, and research and innovation", a spokesperson for the Public Health Agency of Canada said.

If not contained, AMR could threaten the gains achieved with the discovery of antibiotics in the 20th century and the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals, in particular, attaining good health and well being, doctors said. Dr. Johns says to ask your doctor what signs to watch for.

The survey was conducted by Research!America, a nonprofit public policy and health research organization, and the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA).

"We always look forward to collaborating closely with different stakeholders to develop solutions and share resources to help reduce the impact of AMR for a healthier Philippines", she added.

Antibiotic resistance (antibiotic resistance) is today one of the most serious threats to the health of people around the world and, in particular, to Ukrainians.