Prophylactic Antibiotics and the Vreation of Superbugs and Antibiotic Resistant Diseases
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Prophylactic antibiotics are “using antibiotics to guard against or prevent the spread or occurrence of disease or infection.” This is a paradoxical façade presented to us by the majority of the medical world, the cattle and animal agriculture industry, and the fortune 500 companies (Prophylaxis). Prophylactic antibiotics kill tens of thousands of people every year; approximately 23,000 people from last year alone had prophylactic antibiotic related deaths, and are suspected to significantly help the progression of superbugs (Threat Report 2013). Superbugs, or antibiotic-resistant bacteria, are one of the very likely results of prophylactic antibiotics, superbugs are a quiet crisis that people of the world should be aware of, considering…show more content… We should be especially cautious about this since after the events of 9/11 there were a series of anthrax scares throughout the nation; since Cipro is the only truly effective antibiotic against anthrax, if anthrax were to have built up immunity against Cipro because of our carelessness, potentially millions of people could have died (DeSalvo and Block). The prescription of antibiotics should be more stringently regulated because it could lead to drug resistant super bugs that could cause wide spread epidemics.
Today going to the doctor is easy and accessible, and many people go to the doctor for every cough and sniffle. Many illnesses are caused by viruses including influenza and the common cold. People get sick and go to their doctor to make them get better faster, so they ask for antibiotics because they are under the impression that taking this medicine will heal them quickly. Instead of trying to reason with a patient, a doctor may write a prescription for an antibiotic so she can move on to her next patient. "Every year, tens of millions of prescriptions for antibiotics are written to treat viral illnesses for which these antibiotics offer no benefits" and “antibiotic prescribing in outpatient settings could be reduced by more than 30 percent without adversely affecting patient health”(Berlatsky). Physicians have a big responsibility when it comes to prescribing certain drugs. They should use the same precautions to