This week is Antibiotic Awareness Week, a week focused on using antibiotics appropriately to provide the best clinical outcomes and avoid antibiotic resistance.
As physicians who care for patients with antibiotic resistant infections and those with antibiotic allergies, we know that there are real clinical advantages to being able to use “narrow” beta-lactam antibiotics such as amoxicillin. In fact, for many diagnoses, patients have better outcomes when they are treated with beta-lactam antibiotics that are targeted to their specific bacteria. …Read More
A year prior, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) published a similar report regarding antibiotic resistance in the U.S. It estimated there are approximately 2 million illnesses and 23,000 deaths caused by antibiotic resistant bacteria or fungi in the U.S. every year. Both reports represent a major warning: resistance is happening, it is widespread, and it extends to include “last resort” antibiotics.