The Chart Gallery 1/6: Antibiotics and drug resistance

Posted by Maddie Hall on 1/6/20 2:43 PM

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The threat of drug-resistant superbugs is on the rise as many countries continue to dole out antibiotics frequently and patients ignore orders from their doctors. Let's dive in:

 

Different countries have different problems

MRSA seems to be the biggest antibiotic-resistant threat to Americans with approximately a 50 percent resistance rate.

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Ignoring medical advice

Almost half of Americans do not correctly follow their doctor's instructions for antibiotics, further increasing the risk of developing new and strengthened superbugs.

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An increasing variety of antibiotics

The number of new antibiotics is on the rise but still don’t match the levels of 1985-2000.

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Stocks play a role, too

While new products are necessary to fight the antibiotic resistance, it’s becoming more and more difficult for producers to stay afloat, even with government assistance.

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Dosage differentiation

While antibiotic consumption dropped 4 percent from 2000 to 2015 in developed countries, consumption increased 75 percent everywhere else in the world.

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