Turning point in antibiotic therapy?
This article throws up very interesting challenges to both
researchers as well as clinicians. Traditionally antibiotics have been
prescribed for 5-7 days even for the most trivial infections. Generations
of medical students have grown up with the information that curtailing the
antibiotic course midway would lead to antibiotic resistance.
In developing countries, the rising cost of medical treatment has
been a major concern among clinicians. The latest antibiotics introduced
in the market are exorbitantly priced. In countries like India where the
government regulates prices of drugs the scene is much better.
More data is required to establish whether a three-day course of
antibiotics is sufficient to treat common infections. If researchers are
able to establish this fact convincingly it will be a turning point in
antibiotic prescriptions the world over. Besides lowering costs it would
also reduce the unnecessary exposure to drugs in an exceedingly polluted
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