Saturday, January 4, 2014

Warning Bells

About a week back, we got a rude shock when one of our patients with a laboratory diagnosis of bacterial meningitis did not respond to our routine choice of Ceftriaxone. And to our horror, responded so well to Piperacillin-Tazobactum. 

Yes, I would have purists who would say that Crystalline Penicilline and Chloramphenicol should have been tried. Unfortunately, both these antibiotics are quite labour intensive and with the shortage of competent staff we have, it’s quite a challenge.

Now, there has been quite mind-boggling research going on in the area of antibiotics.

However, I’m sure that unless we are prudent in the usage of antibiotics, how much ever research we do, nothing much is going to change.

But, today I was quite surprised to find a news item about the dangers of unscrupulous use of antibiotics. 

I hope our communities and quacks would take note . . . However, I wonder who is going to rein in the pharmaceutical companies and their representatives . . .

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