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FDA warns consumers about the importance of appropriate antibiotic use

Week "Get Smart about Antibiotics" aims to help limit the spread of resistance to these drugs

 
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The Food and Drug Administration of the United States, in partnership with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other health professionals and academics are supporting the week "Get Smart about Antibiotics", the 15th day November 21, as part of an effort to encourage the appropriate use of antibiotics. The misuse of these drugs has contributed to one of public health problems more urgent today, resistance to antibiotics.

To promote appropriate use of antibiotics and combat bacterial resistance, the FDA recommends:

- Take the medication as prescribed and do not skip doses;

- Do not save antibiotics, since the drug is intended for a particular infection in a specific time;

- Do not take antibiotics prescribed for others. Only a healthcare professional can determine the right treatment for your infection.

"Helping the public understand the implications of inappropriate use of antibiotics is an important step to slow the spread of antibiotic resistance," said Edward Cox, of the FDA. "Although there are research efforts underway to develop new antibiotics for the treatment of patients with bacterial infections, antibiotic resistance is always a challenge, and we will always need to use these drugs responsibly."

By using antibiotics appropriately and with care, health professionals and consumers can help limit the spread of antibiotic resistance, so that these medicines are used only to treat people with bacterial infections who need them most.

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