A full course of antibiotics: Do the benefits outweigh the risks

Sarah Anwar, MDLinx

Superbugs and Superdrugs USA

Iselin, New Jersey, United States | November 13-14, 2017

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Iselin, NJ, November 14, 2017William Weiss, PhD, director, UNT Health Science Center, Fort Worth, TX, shares insight into how physicians can influence antimicrobial resistance.

Earlier this year, doctors in the United Kingdom started questioning a “universal truth” among antibiotic adherence. Does finishing a full course of antibiotics do more good than harm? Can it drive antimicrobial resistance?

Dr. Weiss weighs in on the debate.

What else can doctors do to prevent the spread of antimicrobial resistant pathogens?

“Proper hygiene has always been a topic in hospitals,” noted Dr. Weiss.

Practices as simple as changing gowns and gloves, and washing hands are the “biggest way” to stop these superbugs, as is properly sanitizing hospital surfaces. Knowing the infecting pathogen can also help in proper antibiotic prescribing. 

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