tags: antibiotic resistance



2016 May 26
Pan-resistant E. coli

I remember apocryphal stories of pan-resistant E. coli at one of the ICUs I did my residency at. You had to wear outbreak suits to get in and out. I never figured out how they managed to end the quarantine. I can't imagine that every patient in that unit died….

· Read more…

2016 May 27
Pan-Resistant E. coli Caveat

Turns out, the E. coli isolated from a woman's infected urine isn't actually pan-resistant.

· Read more…

2016 May 27
Antibiotic Resistance and Profit Motive

When you get right down to it, the antibiotic resistance crisis is mostly driven by profitability. It simply isn't profitable to invest all that money in R&D, clinical trials, and marketing of antibiotics. Despite their obvious critical utility, the demand for antibiotics that are effective against multidrug-resistant pathogens is, overall, not very high.

· Read more…


2016 Jun 10
FDA and Antibiotics in Food-Producing Animals

Realistically, misuse and overuse of antibiotics in food-producing animals is just as much of a contributor to antibiotic resistance as misues and overuse of antibiotics in humans.

· Read more…


2016 Jul 18
Post-Antibiotic Era

It's a slow rolling back of the tide, but at some point it will become difficult if not impossible to perform certain surgical procedures and to keep people with certain disease and conditions alive.

· Read more…