Americans More concerned with Antibiotic Resistance Health Threat

by Ramya Rachamanti on  November 13, 2018 at 5:48 PM Drug News
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Antibiotic resistance has become a public health problem, as many infections are becoming difficult or impossible to treat, according to a national public opinion survey commissioned by Research!America in collaboration with the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA).

Americans More concerned with Antibiotic Resistance Health Threat
Americans More concerned with Antibiotic Resistance Health Threat

"Americans understand that antibiotic-resistant 'superbugs' are a public health threat, and they support putting the public and private sector research continuum to work to address this intensifying health threat," said Mary Woolley, Research!America president and CEO, said.

"Americans are calling for 'all hands on deck' to confront AMR - the government, the private sector, health professionals, hospitals and individuals."

Nearly three quarters (73%) of those surveyed agree that the federal government should provide incentives to encourage increased private sector investment in the development of new antibiotics, reflecting consensus among 80% of Republicans, 76% of Democrats and 63% of Independents.

Some 83% of those surveyed believe pharmaceutical companies should develop more antibiotics. The survey found that 92% agree that doctors and other healthcare professionals should only prescribe antibiotics when needed.

"Antibiotic resistance is threatening our ability to safely and effectively provide medical care to many patients, including organ and bone marrow transplants, joint replacements and other complex surgeries, cancer chemotherapy, and care of preterm infants," IDSA President Cynthia Sears, MD, FIDSA, said.

"A multipronged approach -- including stewardship to protect the utility of antibiotics, incentives to spur development of new antibiotics, and investment in research and public health initiatives -- will be necessary to turn the tide against antibiotic resistance.

Despite a large majority indicating that health care providers should only prescribe antibiotics when necessary, we know high levels of inappropriate antibiotic use continue to occur, underscoring the need for the federal government to take more action to drive the implementation of educational and antibiotic stewardship programs."

Survey results indicate more education is needed about appropriate antibiotic usage. Antibiotics do not have any effect on viruses, such as colds and flu, yet more than a third (37%) of those surveyed wrongly say antibiotics are effective for treating viral infections.

Further, about a third (29%) would be dissatisfied if their doctor did not prescribe an antibiotic for their child's viral infection. Also, only 57% of those surveyed are aware that even a single course of antibiotics taken when not appropriate can contribute to the development of antibiotic resistance.

Other findings include:

Only 61% of those surveyed say they are aware that bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics can be spread from person to person.

More than three quarters (76%) of those surveyed say they are aware that antibiotic-resistant infections make medical procedures like surgery, organ transplants and cancer treatment much more dangerous. Only 21 percent of those surveyed say that no action is needed from the federal government on antibiotic research and development at this time.

The nationwide survey of 1,004 U.S. adults was conducted by Zogby Analytics. The margin of error is +/- 3.1 percentage points.



Source: Eurekalert

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