8 Nov 2013
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
[Update 01/10/2014: The third and last part of the surveys is now online. Please click here to access and fill the survey and scroll below to find links to parts 1 and 2.]
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.
25 Oct 2013
A new PBS Frontline documentary “Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria” brings to light the reach and magnitude of antibiotic resistance. Through first-hand accounts tracking personal brushes with so-called “superbugs” – bacteria resistant to most known forms of antimicrobial treatment – the documentary shows how the problem has catapulted the international medical community into crisis.