The world is losing some of the most powerful tools in modern medicine. Antibiotics are becoming less and less effective at fighting infections. The problem has gotten so bad that some doctors are starting
A disturbing new report shows that shortages of many important antibiotics have been worsening since 2007. Antibiotics accounted for 15% of all drug shortages from 2001-13, affecting 148 anti-infectives.
We commonly blame physicians for overprescribing antibiotics, patients for demanding them and, increasingly, agribusiness for squandering antibiotics as growth promoters. All of those are major problems.
There’s a big brouhaha over a cluster of infections following endoscopy at UCLA, but this needs to be placed in some perspective. It’s not the endoscopes that should scare you; it is the rise of “superbugs,”