The Importance Of Antimicrobial Resistance

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Modern society has been blessed with brilliant minds that have helped humans increase their life expectancy to the point where we are living well even at what is considered overpopulation. We were able to cure polio, the black plague, and other diseases that would’ve been considered a virtual death sentence a few centuries ago. Because of this, our bodies have almost no need to fight off diseases naturally. Now it isn’t being worried about at the moment because we still have tons of modern medicine to help us, but what happens when these infections become resistant to our medicine? Stronger medicines? What happens when those don’t work? At some point there is going to be a time when a previously curable disease becomes incurable and it could …show more content…
Iruka N. Okeke of Haverford College wrote a good article explaining the emergence of antimicrobial resistance. He says the studies he has seen show there is lower spending in developing countries despite having a higher chance of catching a disease and antimicrobial resistance is more prevalent. He believes inappropriate prescription is a primary reason. Some doctors provide unnecessary prescription, like for the common cold, others doctors under prescribe diseases like UTI’s and then the patient isn’t completely removed from it. This is also the case with under dosing (lower dose given than required to kill infection) and shortened duration (not taking medications for a long enough period of time). In developed countries, it is actually the patients who are more at fault than the doctors. According to Okeke, workers don’t have many opportunities to look over the cases of the patients when they are almost constantly dealing with a possible life-threatening illness. Combine that with the patients pressuring them to give them something to make them feel better and the doctors end up giving he patients antibiotics as sort of a way to “shut them up.” Those wrongly treated not only affect themselves but the public. When these patients end up having failed treatments used on them, it hurts the statistics of the specific drug, leading to lowered confidence among the people. Then Okeke says those people will look towards unorthodox methods and people who sell unsanctioned antimicrobials. The problem is worse in developing countries because the doctors and patients aren’t as informed. Also there are unsanctioned sellers such as stall keepers, vendors, and tradesmen who while aren’t as informed about medicine as a doctor, are much cheaper and convenient. However, they also have poor quality medicine and can be a source for illegal drugs. Of course the

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