The marketing to germophobes has led to an industry of “antibacterial soaps”, despite not a single bit of evidence that (in the cast majority of cases) they do any good whatsoever. And there’s plenty of reason to be wary of them. With a new problem just identified (at least in theory)… Continue reading
Category Archives: Antibiotic resistance
I pay a little attention to 3rd world diseases, that are often mistakenly just called tropical diseases. I even see some of those disease occasionally or get public health reports of their presence in the US.
I have been practicing medicine now for 42 years and I am still using Amoxicillin, a penicillin family (called beta lactam) antibiotic, for respiratory infections in children, with great success. Amoxicillin became available in the 60s as I recall, as a better form of penicillin. I have personally prescribed a river of Amoxicillin, the pink bubble gum stuff, as the mommies say.
So why do journalists declare another “crisis” related to resistant bugs? Because that’s what journalists do and a crisis makes news.
[excerpts from FDA press release]
FDA Taking Closer Look at ‘Antibacterial’ Soap
When you’re buying soaps and body washes, do you reach for the bar or bottle labeled “antibacterial”? Are you thinking that these products, in addition to keeping you clean, will reduce your risk of getting sick or passing on germs to others?
Not necessarily, according to experts at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
….. Continue reading
There’s a meningitis outbreak at Princeton Univ. in NJ. There’s no US approved drug to treat this strain (“B”). But with at least seven infected students so far (and some heavy duty alumni, including the First Lady), the FDA is allowing them to bring in “Bexsera, a vaccine against N. meningitidis serogroup B only approved for use in Europe and Australia,”.
So if it’s good enough for the rest of the world, why has the FDA been dragging its feet? And the same for many, many, other drugs that other countries have deemed safe and effective?
more info from the Princeton student newspaper: http://goo.gl/Qiahtb
NO… there is still no convincing evidence that antibiotic use on the farm is a public health problem
The best former FDA commission Donald Kennedy can do — after all these years of hysteria and research — is point to studies that, in the words of their authors, only “could be responsible” for, or “suggest” a link between livestock antibiotics and resistant bacteria. Continue reading
This is junk science because… Continue reading
It used to be anti-bacterial resistance. Now it’s endocrine disruption. Either way, it’s always junk science. Continue reading
A new Consumer Reports scare. Cook your turkey well and you’ll be okay. No need to panic. Continue reading
Possibly CDC could focus on solving a real public health problem instead of nannying us? Continue reading
And the greens still can’t link farm use to antibiotic resistance. Continue reading
“The increasing production and use of antibiotics, about half of which is used in animal production, is mirrored by the growing number of antibiotic resistance genes, or ARGs, effectively reducing antibiotics’ ability to fend off diseases – in animals and humans.” Continue reading
There’s no money in antibiotic development. Continue reading
Antibiotic resistant disease is at least a real threat. Continue reading
“Antibacterial agent used in common soaps found in increasing amounts in freshwater lakes.” Continue reading
Food safety | An Agriculture Canada study found enterococcus bacteria in 94 percent of poultry samples collected from Alberta grocery stores Continue reading
Over six frightening months, a deadly germ untreatable by most antibiotics spread in the nation’s leading research hospital. Pretty soon, a patient a week was catching the bug. Scientists at the National Institutes of Health locked down patients, cleaned with bleach, even ripped out plumbing — and still the germ persisted. Continue reading
Hmm… yesterday it was treating young kids for infections, now:
“Study finds links between obesity and antibiotics used to plump up livestock” Continue reading
Earlier this month, a federal magistrate judge in New York told the Food and Drug Administration to quit dillydallying on its three-decade effort to curb indiscriminate use of antibiotics in farm animals to spur their growth. He set a timetable for the agency to follow in withdrawing two important drugs — penicillin and two forms of tetracycline — from widespread use in animals. The trouble is, that timetable will give the F.D.A. five more years to complete the process. Continue reading