How many times have you been prescribed antibiotics and didn’t finish the course of treatment? Maybe you were feeling better or thought “I could save the rest of these in case I get sick again.” If so, you are a contributor to the rise of antibiotic resistance – and you might not realize it.
This week, Nov. 16-22, has been designated by the World Health Organization as “World Antibiotic Awareness Week,” designed to increase awareness of global antibiotic resistance and encourage best practices, such as completing a full course of antibiotics when prescribed and not sharing antibiotics prescribed for you with others.
“The rise of antibiotic resistance is a global crisis. It’s one of the greatest threats to health today. This makes a broad range of common infections much more difficult to treat, replacement treatment are more costly, more toxic, and require much longer periods of time for treatment,” WHO director-general Dr. Margaret Chan said in a news conference. (more…)