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Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Increased use of 'last resort' antibiotics in Mainstream Medicine

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While the use of theses drugs increase, little seems to be happening to address the core issues of the problem of antibiotic resistance. This does not appear to show us that newer and more creative ideas are even considered.
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Such has happened to the protocol I developed in 1993.

DALLAS, April 6 (UPI) -- A study of Veterans Administration's acute care facilities indicates increased use of carbapenems, a powerful class of antibiotics, U.S. researchers say.

Dr. Makoto Jones and colleagues used barcode medication administration data for antibiotics administered in 110 VA acute care facilities from 2005 to 2009.

In the five-year study period, there was a gradual increase in overall antibiotic use and a 102 percent increase in the use of carbapenems -- a powerful class of "last resort" antibiotics. The study found a 79 percent increase in the use of intravenous vancomycin and 41 percent increase combinations of penicillin with beta-lactamase-inhibitors. A 20 percent increase in fluoroquinolones* were the most frequently used drugs across facilities.

Additionally, the researchers noted the quantity of antibiotics reported from VA facilities seems similar to reported data from non-VA hospitals in the United States.

"Use of these antibiotics helps the patient receiving the treatment, but has future consequences for innocent bystanders," Jones says in a statement.

"The more these drugs are used, the more resistance we see."

The study was presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America in Dallas.
© 2011 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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On a similar topic of increased use of drugs at the VA and in civilian medicine, this is worth your consideration as well -
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (2011, April 5). Opioids now most prescribed class of medications in America. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 6, 2011, from  
My Note: fluoroquinolones*  Fluoride based antibiotic compounds, cause tendon rupture often.

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