Antibiotics Are Man's Greatest Invention
Antibiotics are foundational to much of the modern medical care we take for granted today. These drugs are essential not only for treating routine infections such as strep throat, but they also make possible lifesaving treatments such as chemotherapy, dialysis, and surgery….
Slowing the emergence of resistant bacteria requires appropriate use of antibiotics in all settings, including animal agriculture. However, many medically important antibiotics can still be legally given to animals in ways that do not meet the FDA’s definition of judicious use….
Over the past year we’ve watched two troubling trends escalate. First, patients increasingly face—and their doctors struggle to treat—infections that do not respond to existing antibiotics. Second, major pharmaceutical companies are backing away from developing new antibiotics. Last July, Novartis became the third major pharmaceutical company in 2018 alone to announce that it would end antibiotic……
The more they are used, the less effective antibiotics become. When people take antibiotics, drug-resistant bacteria survive and can be passed to other individuals….
Reducing inappropriate antibiotic use in hospitals and other health care settings is essential to protect patients from alarming types of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, commonly known as superbugs….
The more antibiotics are used, the less effective they become—which is why ensuring appropriate use is essential to slowing the emergence of multidrug-resistant bacteria. Although there has been encouraging progress in recent years in the collection and availability of data regarding antibiotic use in human health care, inappropriate use persists, and enhanced information about antibiotic……