Category Archives: Antibiotics

Democrats Propose Some Good Antibiotic-Related Legislation

While it won’t pass either a Republican-led Senate or House, Democratic senators Richard Blumenthal, Diane Feinstein, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Elizabeth Warren have proposed legislation, the Strengthening Antibiotic Oversight Act, that would do three important things: Requires the FDA to review … Continue reading

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Urgent Care Centers Are Misusing Antibiotics

This is a problem (boldface mine): Visits for antibiotic-inappropriate respiratory diagnoses accounted for 17% (n = 10 009) of retail clinic visits, 16% (n = 441 605) of urgent care center visits, 6% (n = 9 203 276) of medical office visits, and 5% (n = 257 010) of ED visits. Among visits … Continue reading

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Of Mice And Men And Antibiotic Resistance

A recent mBio paper about bacteria and antimicrobial resistance found its way into the popular press, and, as you might expect, it’s not good. The problem aren’t the data in the paper, but the context (or lack thereof) into which … Continue reading

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The CDC Report On EBSLs & CREs: Better, If Not Good, News

This week, the CDC released a report describing trends in carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae (E. coli and relatives that are resistant to all penicillin derivatives, and are also typically resistant to most or all other drugs; CRE) and extended-spectrum beta-lactamase producing organisms … Continue reading

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Louise Slaughter, Congresswoman and Microbiologist, RIP

Friday, Democratic Congresswoman Louise Slaughter died after complications from a fall. She was a stalwart for women’s rights, and co-author of the Violence Against Women Act; Slaughter also was one of the few congress(wo)men who attempted to delay the confirmation … Continue reading

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Language Differences And The Public Response To Antibiotic Resistance

Years ago, when I worked in public health, a repairman was working in the office, and he approached me and asked, “So, antibiotics, are you for them or against them?” I explained that we advocated for them to be used … Continue reading

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The Second Worst Cost Of Antibiotic Resistance

Of course, the first is the illness and death that results from untreatable infections. But Bill Hanage makes a very important point (boldface mine): Although the risk of getting a completely resistant infection is low in the United States, about … Continue reading

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