Age of antibiotic is coming to an end?
Accidently discovery of antibiotic penicillin in 1927, opens the era of antibiotics. Since then several thousand of antibiotics have been isolated and identified. It is the remarkable breakthrough in the field of medicine, saving many life. But within less than a century, expert are now saying, the age of antibiotic is coming to an end. Many bacterial strains are becoming resistant to even most strongest antibiotic and they do so very quickly that we are running out of options. what can be done to tackle the problem? Who to blame? Pharmaceuticals company? Or health professionals or consumers? Or bacteria itself?Should we start looking for alternative? Or develop even more strong antibiotic?
No, Gaurab. I think we still need the antibiotics. However, I may say some organisms become resistant because of the misuse of it.
We can overcome the problem of multiple drug resistant. Yes, I strongly thought ,it is possible.
We didnt require to go for stronger and stronger ATBT for that. However, a small change in the first line ATBT could be the possible solution .
I think there is still a long way for antibiotics to go. However, it may have own limitations. Though the history of discovery and use of antibiotics is not much longer, antibiotic effect in nature was already there before the accidental discovery of penicillin.
Resistance are due to mutations. However, some studies have also showed that some stains of bacteria are again being sensitive to old antibiotics. It shows the reversal of mutations. Though new technologies are in quick advancement, we must not forget the Darwin’s Theory of evolution ie., in this context, there is always chances of development of resistance to some extent to any modern development. We can’t blame anyone for the rise of resistance, however, we can limit its rate if we act responsibly, especially the consumers and physicians.
yes, we still need antibiotics. may be we still need them in future Or may be not! But one thing for sure, what we are facing today ie. multidrug resistant strains, emergence of superbugs, need of prolong therapy, etc, all indicates that we need alternatives. I agree that antibiotic resistant organisms evolved because of misuses of antibiotics.
Every era ends one day and replaced by another, right? For the end of antibiotic era, end coming fast than expected. we could be using antibiotic for next century also.But due to misuses, it seems not happening. so, my point is, we should think about prolongation of antibiotic era, such as minimizing the misuses, legislation policy, and prevention of infection, etc along side of alternatives. Many alternatives are approaching, and it will develop one day.
yes, this may be an option. Many researches are going on. Phage therapy has many advantages over antibiotic, But one of the serious problem with bacteriophage therrapy is; Bacteriophages tend to swap genes with each other and other organisms with which they come into contact. So there is a chance of spread of antibiotic resistance in bacteria.