Antibiotics Can't Kill the Common Cold

Infectious disease specialist Dr Stephen Mc Bride says germs have marched through generations of antibiotic upgrades and new drugs are failing to keep pace

Again, the resistant bacteria are better able to emerge and cause problems after the weaker bacteria are killed off by antibiotics.

In 2016, 490,000 people developed a resistance to antibiotics, according to figures from the World Health Organisation. Medical doctors Mario Panaligan, former Department of Health consultant Regina Berba, Philippine Pharmacists Association president Yolanda Robles and Angelica Claveria of Pfizer.

Professor Alastair Hay, a GP and infections research lead at the University of Bristol's Centre for Academic Primary Care, said: "Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health today".

AMR now accounts for 700,000 fatalities per year globally.

"If we all undertake to use antibiotics responsibly, and only when they are truly warranted, as well as adopting behaviours that can reduce the chances of falling ill in the first place, then together we can help to prevent further development of antibiotic resistance".

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are a very concerning issue, lately, as these so-called superbugs do not respond to conventional antibiotic treatment anymore, causing lots of health problems.

Dame Sally Davies, the government's chief medical officer for England, has repeatedly warned that the world faces an antibiotic "apocalypse", in which common illnesses become untreatable and common operations become life-threatening.

"Many routine procedures could be too risky to perform because of the risk of becoming infected by a multi-drug resistant pathogen while in the hospital", she said.

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"The burden of these infections is comparable to that of influenza, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS combined", the ECDC said.

"So we can have a cancer drug that may extend somebody's life by six months and that can cost between $5,000 and $100,000", he said, "And on the other hand, we can have an antibiotic that will fully save somebody's life and we get up in arms if that drug costs any more than $1,000".

Antibiotic resistance is spiralling out of control because people are consuming more medications either when prescribed them by doctors, or because farm animals are fed them and they pass through the food chain.

Bacterial infections too strong to be cured by medicine will take the lives of almost two-and-a-half million people in the UK, US, Europe and Australia by 2050. Seek the advice of a qualified healthcare professional such as your doctor and, if it is medically necessary to take antibiotics, take them exactly as prescribed by the doctor or pharmacist to avoid antibiotic misuse.

"Health centers should be present in all villages and medicine should always be at the ready so the people could meet the intake of medicine as prescribed". You should support only producers that do not routinely use antibiotics to raise animals, or restaurants that only source from these responsible producers. And we could all be part of this solution.

"It is important to keep the mindset that antibiotics can't cure all kinds of diseases, common or serious". Dr. Johns says to ask your doctor what signs to watch for. Meanwhile, pharmaceutical companies maintained that boosting drug R&D is vital in containing and ending AMR.

While the antimicrobial resistance occurs naturally over time and through genetic changes, misuse and overuse of antimicrobials is accelerating this process, according to a press release from the health ministry.

He added that collaborative effort of everybody was needed to combat the menace of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) in Nigeria.

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