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Dr. Kathy Mastrota explains antibiotic resistance

Dr. Kathy Mastrota explains the mechanism of antibiotic resistance and its importance to eyecare practitioners.

Antibiotic Resistance Resource Center

Antibiotic resistance mattersAntibiotic resistances are on the rise and as such, it behooves dermatologists to use antibiotics only when necessary and in combination with topical agents wherever possible in order to help stop this alarming trend.
Grants encourage development of antibiotic alternativesThe National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) announced in January that it is funding 24 research projects, to the tune of about $5 million, to develop non-traditional therapeutics for bacterial infections. Learn more
Antimicrobial stewardship programs aim to curb resistance problemAcute bacterial skin and skin structure infections are associated with unnecessary use of broad-spectrum antibiotics, leading to antibiotic resistance. Antimicrobial stewardship programs could be a very effective and useful approach to help stop the alarming trend of antibiotic resistance. Several strategies help optimize outcomes.
Self-serve kiosks reduce antibiotic useA health kiosk-decision support system may be a novel and important approach to improve provider prescription patterns.
Antibiotic resistance: Impact on cost, outcomes
Antibiotic resistance: Impact on cost, outcomesThe impact of the reemergence of untreatable infections on our healthcare costs could be prohibitive. Find out what's being done about it.
Antibiotic resistance levels shift among ocular pathogens in 2014 ARMOR dataNew surveillance data on antibiotic resistance among ocular pathogens shows worrisome trends for some widely used drugs while resistance rates for some isolates were relatively stable.
Top 5 ways bacteria are becoming resistant to antibioticsAntibiotic resistance is a growing problem, both in the United States and across the world. The main driving factors behind antibiotic resistance are the overuse and misuse of antibiotics, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The 5 most over-prescribed antibioticsBecause of overuse and misuse, some antibiotics are losing effectiveness against highly resistant bacteria.
B+L report finds resistance of some ocular pathogens has increased in U.S.During the ARVO meeting last week, Bausch + Lomb researchers presented results from the 5th Antibiotic Resistance Monitoring in Ocular Microorganisms (ARMOR) surveillance study in the United States, as well as the first data from the study in Canada.
ODs have a lot to learn (and un-learn) about drugs