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skuthorp
01-10-2014, 03:49 PM
The problem of resistant infections in hospitals is a big problem that is under the radar for most people. The use in intensive agriculture, incomplete medical treatments, inappropriate prescribing and a 'free market' in many 3rd world countries often involving out of date medication and single dose purchase from roadside stalls threatens to return our medical state to the 19th century at worst projection.
There is a proposal for the taxpayer to subsidise research by drug companies to find new classes of antibioyice. According to some voices we are already finding infections which cannot be treated in our own communities.
"In the battle against bacteria, antibiotics have been formidable weapons. We've been using them widely for only 80 years, but in that time they have helped to transform our lives: we now expect our children to survive into adulthood, we expect to live to a ripe old age. The trouble is, antibiotics don't last for ever, and the reason for that is evolution: bacteria evolve resistance. Drugs (http://www.theguardian.com/science/drugs) that would have killed their ancestors at 20 paces glance off newer generations of bugs."

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2013/jan/20/antibiotics-bacteria-resistance-alice-roberts

slug
01-11-2014, 02:44 AM
They say that if antibiotic resistance continues to advance , in twenty years a simple procedure like visiting to dentist will be life threatening.

since approval leed time is so long for a new drug , this possibility is real.

Clarkey
01-11-2014, 05:07 AM
When I lived in the USA I was amazed at how antibiotics were handed out like candy and available off the shelf without any form of control or prescription.