War of humans and superbugs: Have we depleted our resources?

Shetty, Sameep S and Shetty, Premalatha and Uchil, Savil R (2015) War of humans and superbugs: Have we depleted our resources? British Medical Journal, 351. ISSN 1756-1833

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Abstract

We will soon be falling into a crater encircled by deadly infectious diseases and super bugs if the use of antibiotics is not controlled as antibiotic resistance has slowly outpaced the birth of new potent antibiotics. The rising incidence of deadly infectious disease every year and the presence of immunized super bugs well equipped with powerful weapons is indeed posing a serious global threat to mankind. The revolution seen in medical science which has evolved over decades will come to a standstill if we are unarmed to combat any infection. Research says that 9 out of 10 GPs feel pressurised by their patients to prescribe antibiotics makes no sense as it is the absolute discretionary power of the physician to prescribe antibiotics as apt for the patient. However, the fear of infection turning into a more aggressive one, the constant threat from patients for lack of speedy action, and delayed recovery often compel physicians to prescribe antibiotics to be on the safe side. Feeding antibiotics to livestock to promote rapid growth, easy weight gain and to treat, control and prevent diseases is one of the salient factors promoting antibiotic resistance. The use of leftover antibiotics from previous prescriptions, not completing courses, browsing the net and self prescription by patients are indeed concerning, but the onus is usually on physicians that they promote antibiotic resistance. Doctors and patients need to be aware of the additional health cost stemming every year from the treatment of preventable minor infections that have transformed into major infections. The need for use of antibiotics with diagnosis to be mentioned in the prescription, and antimicrobial stewardship programmes can be some of the effective measures to combat antibiotic resistance. Lastly antibiotics are life savers but with abuse and misuse of them they can turn into life threatening drugs. The general public, doctors and hospitals all play a crucial role in ensuring the proper use of the drugs and minimizing the development of antibiotic resistance.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Livestock,Antibiotic resistance
Subjects: Dentistry > MCODS Mangalore > Oral Surgery
Depositing User: KMCMLR User
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2015 12:19
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2015 12:19
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/144485

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