Health organisations tackle the global health risk of antibiotic resistance as antibiotic misuse threatens all our futures.
Misuse of antibiotics threatens to undermine the progress that has been made in medicine over recent decades. The overuse of antibiotics makes patients less likely to respond to treatment, warned Ireland’s leading clinicians today (Friday).
Launching the action on antibiotics campaign to mark European Antibiotic Awareness Day, Dr Fidelma Fitzpatrick, Consultant Microbiologist and HSE/RCPI Clinical Lead said that a casual attitude to antibiotics is damaging their effectiveness and that we are we are seeing an alarming global rise in so called ‘superbugs’, such as drug-resistant bacteria that cause pneumonia and meningitis, MRSA and E.coli.
“Taking antibiotics when they aren’t needed means that they might not work when you really need them for a serious infection. That is why the action on antibiotics campaign - supported by the Department of Health, Health Service Executive, Irish College of General Practitioners, Irish Pharmacy Union, Royal College of Physicians and Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland – is aiming to raise public awareness on the correct use of antibiotics and to preserve this precious resource for the use of future generations.