Posted on 15/03/2013

More Concern Over Antibiotic Resistance

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More Concern Over Antibiotic Resistance

Antibiotic resistance a "ticking time bomb"...

The government’s chief medical officer has said that the dangers posed by growing resistance to antibiotics should be ranked alongside terrorism on a list of threats to the UK. Describing the situation as a “ticking time bomb”, Professor Dame Sally Davies warned that even the most routine operations could become deadly in 20 years if we become resistant to antibiotics.

She urged the UK government to address the issue at April’s G8 Summit in London, saying that “if we don’t take action, then we may all be back in an almost 19th Century environment where infections kill us as a result of routine operations. We won’t be able to do a lot of our cancer treatments or organ transplants.”

With the manufacture of antibiotics viewed as unprofitable within the pharmaceutical industry, she hinted that companies should be encouraged to develop new medicines in order to avoid resistance.

Many of the antibiotics we use today were developed in the late 80’s and there have been few drugs in the pipelines from pharmaceutical companies since. Dame Sally blames the lack of incentives for the lull in antibiotic production adding that “if they make something to treat high blood pressure or diabetes and it works, we will use it on our patients every day.”

Antibiotics, which are used for a short course when needed, have a limited life span due to the development of resistance, hence the need for a wider range of drugs and medications for everyday use.

Dr Ibrahim Hassan, who is a consultant microbiologist at Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester said that the rise in cases of patients with bacterial infections that are resistant to antibiotics means there are increasingly fewer treatment options.

“All you can hope for is a bit of holy water because you don’t have too much option in terms of treatment.”

Although death rates for infectious disease have decreased due to improved hygiene and sanitation routines, immunisation and effective medical treatment, 7% of deaths in the UK are attributed to infection. In merely two decades, unless we act accordingly, we could risk “losing the war” against microbes, making standard surgical procedures impossible.

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