Over time a wide range of bacteria, parasites, viruses and fungi build up a resistance to antibiotic drugs, making these powerful medicines much less effective.
In 2012, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported a gradual increase in resistance to HIV drugs, although it did not reach critical levels. Since then, further increases in resistance to first-line treatment drugs have been reported, which might require using more expensive ones in the near future.
While a number of theories have been cited to explain this growing resistance, a study funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) points to a small group of healthcare providers. The authors says 10% of providers write an antibiotic prescription for 95% of patients who walk in with a cold, bronchitis, or other acute respiratory infection (ARI)…
“We’d like to use this research to start a conversation among providers and patients about antibiotic prescribing for ARIs, and share the approaches of providers who are prescribing antibiotics less frequently with those who may be prescribing too often,” Jones said.
Do the DEA’s PDMP databases (for pain patients) include every drug that is allegedly being over-used or abused, like antidepressants and antibiotics? Will the DEA bust down the doors of doctors who over-prescribe antibiotics? The threat of being addicted and then immune to antibiotics is not serious enough? No jail time for doctors contributing to the problem of antibiotics that will eventually not work for any of us?
Drugs are drugs, no matter what they’re used for. When you discriminate against a class of drugs (like opioids), restrict access, criminalize their use, and create a digital blacklist of users and doctors — what you have is the war against pain patients.