November 13, 2018
Each year in the U.S., more than 2 million people are infected with an antibiotic resistant germ. For at least 23,000 of them, the result is fatal. This phenomenon – when germs defeat the drugs designed to kill them – is called antimicrobial resistance (AMR).
One major contributor to the growing prevalence of AMR is the misuse of antibiotics; often, doctors prescribe antibiotics unnecessarily, or, they prescribe the wrong type of antibiotic. In fact, evidence has shown that perhaps as many as 50% of antibiotics prescribed are not necessary – and that’s just in the U.S.