SUPERBUGS; GPs Are Handing out Antibiotics like Sweeties, Now We Could Lose Our Resistance against The

By Palmer, Jill | The Mirror (London, England), September 4, 1998 | Go to article overview

SUPERBUGS; GPs Are Handing out Antibiotics like Sweeties, Now We Could Lose Our Resistance against The


Palmer, Jill, The Mirror (London, England)


BRITONS are taking too many antibiotics - and it's putting us in peril from a new breed of superbugs.

A shocking Government report yesterday warned that unless the abuse of antibiotics is stemmed we face "darker times" in medicine.

It said that the emergence of bacteria with immunity to antibiotic drugs may leave doctors powerless against illnesses such as meningitis and tuberculosis.

"The spread of resistance threatens a return to times when surgery was restricted to simple operations on the otherwise healthy, and when organ transplants, joint replacements and immunosuppressive therapies were unthinkable," the report said.

Almost 50 million prescriptions for antibiotics are dished out annually by GPs in England, costing the NHS pounds 172 million.

One in three are unnecessary and mainly for viral infections - against which antibiotics have no effect.

The hard-hitting report from the Government's Standing Medical Advisory Committee called on GPs to:

STOP prescribing antibiotics for simple coughs and colds.

STOP prescribing antibiotics for viral sore throats.

LIMIT prescribing for uncomplicated cystitis to three days.

NOT prescribe antibiotics over the telephone unless there are exceptional circumstances.

And it wants a public awareness campaign to discourage patients from expecting the drugs for minor infections.

"Excessive prescribing of antibiotics for trivial and non-bacterial infections in primary care partly reflects consumer pressure," says the report.

"Patients should be encouraged to take control of their own health care but, without appropriate advice, this may lead to increased demand for inappropriate treatment such as antibiotics for colds, flu or sore throats.

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

SUPERBUGS; GPs Are Handing out Antibiotics like Sweeties, Now We Could Lose Our Resistance against The
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.