Abuse of Antibiotics leading to multiple drug resistant bacteriaCreated by:
The recent article on the discovery of bacterial resistance in Polymyxin E daunts me. What if that particular strain of bacteria also developed resistance to carbapenems? If that were to happen, it would be disastrous.
Thus as a public health trained personnel, I urge all medical practitioners to think twice when prescribing any form of antibiotics, only give when it is truly necessary.
In recent years, more and more patients are walking into GP clinics requesting for antibiotics for viral upper respiratory tract infections or standby for overseas trips. And to our horror, there are physicians who actually give them in the fear of losing the patients, or to earn extra revenue for the clinic. Such behavior should be deemed unacceptable - going against justice one of the four pillars of ethic.
As physicians, it is our duty to explain to them appropriately the reasons why we are not giving then antibiotics to them.