Guest Host: Indira Lakshmanan

A Publix Supermarket pharmacy manager counts out the correct number of antibiotic pills to fill a prescription in Miami, Florida.

A Publix Supermarket pharmacy manager counts out the correct number of antibiotic pills to fill a prescription in Miami, Florida.

More bacteria are answering the battle cry of “resist!” Bugs that cause common infectious diseases have learned how to stand up to many antibiotic treatments. Offering patients different or stronger drugs doesn’t seem to change the risk, so what is the solution to stop so-called “superbugs”? Scientists and doctors are working hard to solve this growing public health problem. But many experts say the fight against antibiotic resistance starts at home.

Guests

  • Michael Craig Senior advisor for Antibiotic Resistance Coordination and Strategy at the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • David Weiss Director, Emory Antibiotic Resistance Center and associate professor of infections diseases at Emory University.
  • Paul Marik Chief of pulmonary and critical care at Eastern Virginia Medical School.

How Antibiotic Resistance Happens And How It Spreads

This CDC graphic shows how bacteria become resistant to antibiotics.

This CDC graphic shows how the antibiotic resistant bacteria spread.

Fast Facts On Antibiotic Use

Pew Charitable Trust’s Antibiotic Resistance Project tracks how doctors prescribe antibiotics, and what medical professionals are seeing with regard to drug-resistant infections.

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