Antibiotic Resistance Is A Global Threat Which Must Be Addressed


The flu and cold season is here, and most likely a lot of patients will be going to the doctors seeking prescriptions for antibiotics even if the drugs are useless against these viral infections.

This is the kind of misuse that supported the massively growing number of bacteria to become resistant to most antibiotics.

This phenomenon is called by the doctors a true crisis because4 there are no new drugs at the moment in the pipeline to replace the old and useless ones.

Reasons for antibiotic resistance 

Not just patients or doctors are to blame for the point that we’re reached.

Also, the many decades of liberal use of antibiotics to promote the health of farm animals and the contamination of the environment with these drugs have led to various superbugs.

These include MRSA and VRE that have developed resistance to their effects.

Antimicrobial resistance is a natural phenomenon, and the process has been occurring for millennia, according to Gerry Wright, director of the Institute for Infectious Disease Research at McMaster University.

He continued and explained that “If we create a situation where we’re using antibiotics when we shouldn’t, then we create the selective pressures that increase the chances of the bacteria evolving into resistant organisms.”

Wright also said, “And that’s the issue that we’re finding right now, that there are increasingly bacteria in the clinic where we use lots of antibiotics that are unresponsive to all the drugs that we have available to us.”

The need to create new medicine 

The problem is that the pharmaceutical industry is investing neither time nor money to look for new antibiotics.

The main conclusion is that antimicrobial resistance affects everyone from all over the world and this includes Canada as well. This is a global health threat that needs to be addressed before it’s too late.


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