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Antibiotics abuse: India among the worst

Global consumption of antibiotics increased by forty percent between 2000 and 2015, according to a study by researchers at the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics and Policy, published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. The relative consumption of “Watch” antibiotics was found to be highest in Japan, at an alarming 83 percent. India followed in as […]

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India joins global antimicrobial resistance group

India is the latest country to join a global coalition aiming to combat antimicrobial resistance.  Among current members are sixteen countries, the European Commission, two philanthropic foundations and four international organisations (as observers). With India as a member, the research hub now represents more than half the world’s population. India is among the countries most

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Colistin ban in food sector over drug resistance concerns

India’s food production sector has been banned from using the antibiotic colistin, over concerns about its misuse potentially fuelling drug resistance.  According to a 2009 study, “colistin is…being used increasingly as a ‘last-line’ therapy to treat infections caused by [multi-drug-resistant] Gram-negative bacteria, when essentially no other options are available.” Yet concerns are growing that, in

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Antibiotic resistance: Public awareness campaigns might not work

By Marco Haenssgen, University of Warwick Pathogens, such as bacteria, viruses and protozoa, are becoming ever more resistant to drugs. People speed up this natural process by over-using antibiotics and other antimicrobial drugs in medicine and agriculture, and by leaking them into the environment. The World Health Organisation (WHO) regards antimicrobial resistance as one of

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Poultry farms breeding an antibiotic resistance crisis

Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats facing Indian public health – and poultry farms are serving as a breeding ground for the crisis. “This news is not altogether surprising, though this does not make it any less concerning. Research has uncovered numerous instances of poultry farms breeding antibiotic resistance” A recent study of

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What else we’re reading: Antibiotics: why asking doctors to prescribe fewer is futile

By Andrew M Colman, University of Leicester This article was originally published by The Conversation ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ An 85-year-old woman with dementia is admitted to hospital with worsening confusion, new urinary incontinence and constipation. These symptoms suggest a urinary tract infection, but the doctor treating her has a dilemma because the symptoms also suggest her dementia

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#HealthForAll: Why India lacks access to healthcare

Here is another example of the crumbling state of India’s healthcare infrastructure and the reason behind lack of access to essential, life-saving drugs. India has a shortage of an estimated 600,000 doctors and two million nurses, claims a study conducted by the Centre for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy (CDDEP), titled “Access Barriers to Antibiotics.”

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Cefiderocol: The latest miracle drug?

Recent reports have surfaced of a new “super antibiotic” being developed by Japanese pharma company Shionogi. The term super antibiotic is problematic. At best, it could simply be wishful thinking. At worst, it could be a dangerous exaggeration in a world where antibiotic resistance is a looming threat to public health. Is appropriate language being

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Poultry farms: Adding to the drug resistance epidemic?

Are India’s poultry farms worsening the antibiotic resistance crisis in India? In the expert opinion of Ramanan Laxminarayan, director of the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy, Washington DC and New Delhi, this is certainly the case. According to Laxminarayan, the majority of the poultry feed used in India is medicated with antibiotics, used

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Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis to spike in India

Multi drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) is to spike in India over the next twenty years, predicts a recent study published in The Lancet. The news puts the World Health Organization’s End TB strategy at risk of failure. It also jeopardises the pledge of the Indian government to end TB in the country by 2025. Unless

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