News & Blog - antibiotic use

15 Nov 2013
An article in Nature reviews the history and current challenges of chemoprevention programs for malaria. The article mentions CDDEP director Ramanan Laxminarayan’s view that imperfect implementation of these programs could lead to increased drug resistance and more dangerous parasites. [Nature]
8 Nov 2013
A roundup of news on drug resistance and other topics in global health. - See more at: http://cddep.org/blog/posts/weekly_digest_superbugs_frontline_new_cddep_study_antibiotic_prescriptions_and_antibacter#sthash.7ljL72rD.dpufA roundup of news on drug resistance and other topics in global health.
1 Nov 2013
New research carried out in part by CDDEP Director Ramanan Laxminarayan shows the hidden dangers of free-antibiotics programs. According to the study, published online last week in the journal Health Economics, antibiotic prescriptions in areas with free-antibiotics programs are 5% higher. Higher prescribing rates could contribute to the overconsumption of and increased resistance to antimicrobials.
1 Nov 2013
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30 Oct 2013
As flu season sets in, patients are likely to seek out antibiotic prescriptions from their doctors – despite the fact that these treatments are ineffective for viral infections. With free or heavily discounted antibiotics available from supermarkets and pharmacies nationwide, many people feel they have nothing to lose by asking for a prescription. But while the medication might be free, unnecessary antibiotic use comes at a cost.