Widespread use of antibiotics promotes the spread of antibiotic resistance. Smart use of antibiotics is the key to controlling its spread - APJ Abdul


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Why you may not need all those days of antibiotics

A recent article in the British Medical Journal set off a bit of a firestorm with its claim that “the antibiotic course has had its day.” The authors challenged the very widespread belief that you should keep taking every last dose of antibiotic prescribed by your physician even after you feel better. This advice has long been claimed to be key to preventing antibiotic resistance.

The challenge to that claim has sparked a backlash, with physicians and public health officials expressing concern about an overly complex message that could result in encouraging patients to go rogue and ignore their doctors’ prescriptions.

All of this is a bit amusing to experts like me, who have…

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 Why you may not need all those days of antibiotics

Taking your full course of antibiotics isn’t helping prevent the spread of resistance; it’s fueling it.

Stop Superbugs

Stop Superbugs is a global health initiative led by the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC). We recognise that good work is already happening all around the world. Practical, local projects driven by passionate volunteers are helping to save lives.

Antibiotics Guide

Increasing antimicrobial resistance is now a worldwide problem, compounded by the lack of development of new antimicrobial medicines. This leaves the prudent use of antimicrobial medicines, along with infection control, as the major strategies to counter this emerging threat. A safe and effective strategy for antibiotic use involves prescribing an antibiotic only when it is needed and selecting an appropriate and effective medicine at the recommended dose, with the narrowest spectrum of antimicrobial activity, fewest adverse effects and lowest cost.

Patients are dying from drug-resistant infections that used to be treatable. Though new antibiotics are desperately needed, pharmaceutical companies are withdrawing from the antibiotics market because of the low return on investment and the difficult regulatory environment. The 10 x '20 Initiative is a global effort to foster development of 10 innovative antibiotics by 2020, sponsored by the Infectious Diseases Society of America.


Our lead product, ImmunoXpert™, decodes the body’s immune response in order to distinguish between bacterial infections that warrant antibiotic therapy, and viral infections, for which antibiotic treatment is generally not required.

Small World Initiative

Crowdsourcing Antibiotic Discovery. The Small World Initiative (SWI) strives to combine technology, science, and innovation to make meaningful and measurable improvements in the global education and healthcare landscape. The mission of the program is twofold. First, it seeks to encourage students to pursue careers in science through real-world applicable laboratory and field research in introductory courses. Second, it aims to address a worldwide health threat – the diminishing supply of effective antibiotics – by tapping into the collective power of many student researchers concurrently tackling the same challenge, living up to its motto “crowdsourcing antibiotic discovery.”

The 10 × '20 Initiative

The time has come for a global commitment to develop new antibacterial drugs. Current data document the impending disaster due to the confluence of decreasing investment in antibacterial drug research and development concomitant with the documented rapid increase in the level of resistance to currently licensed drugs. Despite the good faith efforts of many individuals, professional societies, and governmental agencies, the looming crisis has only worsened over the past decade.


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