We must get smart about antibiotics

| December 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

Tripler Army Medical Center
News Release

Did you know, the use of antibiotics is the single most important factor leading to antibiotic resistance around the world?

The “Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work” program is designed to make sure antibiotics are prescribed only when needed and used properly. (Courtesy of Tripler Army Medical Center)

The “Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work” program is
designed to make sure antibiotics are prescribed only when
needed and used properly. (Courtesy of Tripler Army Medical Center)

Antibiotics are among the most commonly prescribed drugs used in human medicine; however, up to 50 percent of all the antibiotics prescribed for people are not needed or are not optimally effective as prescribed, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

According to the CDC, there are over 2 million illnesses and about 23,000 deaths caused by antibiotic resistance annually.

Antibiotic resistance is a growing problem, and the main cause of this problem is misuse of antibiotics. CDC’s “Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work” program is designed to make sure antibiotics are prescribed only when they are needed and used as they should.

The “Get Smart” program focuses on common illnesses that account for most of the antibiotic prescriptions written for children and adults in doctors’ offices and other outpatient settings.

To learn more about antibiotic resistance and the CDC’s “Get Smart” program, visit www.cdc.gov/getsmart/community/index.html.

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