Medicine After Antibiotics

4 April 2015
A summary and discussion of causes and possible solutions of the problem of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

This paper summarizes the conditions that lead to antibiotic resistance. The author examines aspects such as over-prescription, high level of both bacteria and antibiotics in hospitals and the use of antibiotics in livestock feed that lead to a resistance. The author discusses the increasing uselessness of newer antibiotics and new strategies for preventing the spread of infectious disease.
‘Antibiotic resistance has been building in bacterial populations for decades, but advances in medicine (i.e. new types of antibiotics) have always stayed one step ahead. Antibiotics are becoming harder and harder to develop there is a limited number of ways to recreate antibiotics, and drug companies may have come to the end of the list. Vancomycin considered the drug of last resort when all other antibiotics fail is no longer a sure cure. Vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) have been reported in hospitals across the U.S., and some of these infections are untreatable with any current antibiotic. However, vancomycin is being prescribed more and more often when other drugs fail and VRE populations are growing (Mitchell, 1998).”
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