New Delhi: Raising concerns over drug resistance, a new study has revealed that 53 per cent Indians take antibiotics without a doctor`s prescription and up to 48 per cent want to change their physician if not prescribed antibiotics for something as simple as a common cold.
Antimicrobial resistance is drug resistance that renders these medicines ineffective. WHO is urging governments and stakeholders to implement policies and practices to prevent and counter the emergence of highly resistant microorganisms," it said. Although antimicrobial resistance is not a new problem, it is fast becoming more dangerous."The time for sustained action is now, since we are slowly but surely moving towards a reversion to the dreadful pre-antibiotic era," Samlee Plianbangchang, WHO`s Regional Director for South-East Asia, said. "If that happens, death and disease due to untreatable infectious diseases will become the biggest obstacle to poverty alleviation, development, and global efforts to make the world a better and more healthy place," he said. Drugs needed to treat multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) are over 100 times more expensive than the first-line drugs. In some countries the high cost is prohibitive, with the result that some of these cases can no longer be treated.Similarly, the emergence of resistance in HIV to currently effective drugs could destroy the hopes of survival for millions of people living with HIV. Discovery, development and distribution of new antibiotics is a long, drawn out and expensive process. After investing millions of dollars and years of research, when a new antibiotic becomes available, its misuse renders it ineffective in a very short time. PTI
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