The Weekly Roundup: Antibiotic Resistance (11.9.18)
In a study published in October in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, Judith A. Anesi, MD, from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphiareiterates what many health professionals have been observing: “Drug-resistant infections are difficult to treat, and our study shows that relapses are common. This is an alarming finding, and interventions to curb antibiotic resistance are urgently needed.” The story is similar in Europe. A recent report by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control attributed 33,000 deaths annually to antibiotic resistance—but the field of study remains wide open. German researchers are exploring the incidence of resistant E. coli bacteria on produce. In the U.S., scientists from Boston University posited that a DNA repair protein might be linked to the mutation process of genes, and they were right. While the researchers have not put the puzzle together, their findings open the gateway to exploring how antibiotic resistance can develop without the presence of antibiotics, then potentially develop ways to block that pathway and curb resistance. So what’s a pharmacist to do? The prevailing wisdom for protecting the community seems rote. Still, reports like this of families sharing unused portions of antibiotics should give us pause. Clearly, a renewed focus on counseling is needed. Here are some tips.
Here are a few other stories that might be of interest:
- An ounce of counsel could provide a pound of cure. It’s being reported that nearly half of patients have left a prescription at the counter because it was too costly.
- Do you “grind through it” or escape? Learning something new may be a better approach to managing stress.
- Automation in the pharmacy: Here’s what your patients may be reading this week.
- Can’t take the rejection(s)? An independent pharmacist in Vermont is suing an insurer alleging it provided preferential treatment to CVS for specialty drug claims.
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