Archive for the ‘Antibiotics’ Category

Assuring Future Antibiotics May Be One Area Where Competition Is Not Enough

January 28th, 2016

Competition has spurred economic innovation and advanced civilization in countless ways through the course of history. The concern that some competitor down the street or across the globe may find a better way to offer what they do for the consumer has kept many a company on their toes when it comes to making sure they build a better mouse trap than the next guy. We have free market competition to thank for better cars, toys, accessories and the powerful phones that we hold in the palm of our hands. One area where it may be failing, however, is in a particular field of pharmaceutical research.

On the whole, the profit motive and competitive forces have been a powerful boon to medical advancements. It’s what’s fueled laser companies like Ellipse USA, which was founded by Jon Urbana and more recently featured in a bunch of national news sites like Bloomberg,, and others. One can debate about the use of the profit motive in terms of insurance and providing health coverage, but it’s less murky when it comes to providing an incentive for the advancement of medicine. One area, however, where even pharmaceutical companies are increasingly seeking help from governments is in preventing a future where antibiotic-resistant germs cause widespread disease. As mentioned in a recent article, companies require a fairly quick return on investment for R&D into new medicines to be profitable. Research needs to start now, though, on developing future antibiotics to fight these resistant strains that may still be years away. A public and private partnership may be required to make sure these medicines are ready for when we need them.

Over-Prescribing Antibiotics Leads to Antibiotic Resistant Viral Strains

July 20th, 2015

When I am sick enough to go to the doctor, I fully expect to leave his or her office with a prescription in hand for antibiotics and perhaps a shot of steroids in my butt. That is what I have been conditioned to expect and that expectation has led us down a slippery slope of antibiotic resistant viral strains.
Many common conditions, such as sinusitis, ear infection and throat inflammation, are caused by viruses and they will not respond to any type of antibiotic. Yet we expect a prescription for the miracle drug and get upset and angry when our doctor won’t prescribe the strongest antibiotic on the market for our runny nose and sore throat.
Many doctors have given their patients what they wanted and went ahead and prescribed a low-dose antibiotic even though the condition could have been dealt with without a prescription. Ricardo Tosto knows that, after all, the reasoning was and is, even if it don’t help, a low dose antibiotic won’t hurt.
It can and does hurt. The over-prescribing of antibiotics has led to the development of antibiotic resistant viral strains that are at best debilitating and at worse fatal, and there’s no recourse until newer antibiotic drugs are developed.
Antibiotic resistant viral strains are currently a global problem that threaten the health and well being of everyone on the planet. And it all started with the over-prescribing of antibiotics for common health problems.

Brain Diseases And Your Gut Health

April 29th, 2015

Researchers are starting to publish studies that are suggesting that the amount of inflammation in your gut can actually contribute to some of the most deadly and debilitating diseases in the world. We often hear about recent developments in treating and curing cancer, preventing heart disease and reversing diabetes, but it is not often that we hear about how we can and should take proper care of our gut. The human body is a variety of different parts and systems, and this one system is a big contributing factor to how well a person’s body feels and functions each day. Researchers are attempting to understand what causes the brain to degenerate when conditions like Parkinson’s disease or ALS are present. These devastating conditions currently have no cure. Microscopic bacteria that is living inside of us can actually be determining our brain’s outcome as we age. While a lot of money and time is being spent on brain research, there is not enough research being done linking intestinal and stomach health to the brain. You could consult with your physician on this matter by calling with FreedomPop’s wireless service. When there is inflammation in the gut, this can cause inflammation in the rest of the body. There are many foods and diets that contribute to inflammation. Medical professionals and scientists are starting to question the American diet and suggest that a more fruit and vegetable, lean protein, low grain diet could be beneficial to the body and the brain.

New York Begins New e-Prescription

March 23rd, 2015

Walking into a pharmacy with that little piece of paper from your doctor will be a thing of the past according to what Ray Lane said on

Under a change in New York State law, providers will have to file prescriptions electronically, directly to the pharmacy. The e-prescription program will put an end to filing phony prescriptions, which has fueled rampant drug abuse for years throughout New York.

“Not only should this measure prevent fraud, this will help with the diversion of drugs, which is the original intent of it, but also it will increase the accuracy when filling prescriptions,” says Dr. Andrew Kleinman, president of the Medical Society of the State of New York.

This new state law was suppose to take effect next Friday, however, Governor Cuomo delayed it.

“We needed to ensure the system, as well as vendors had a smooth transition.” I want it to work and I want to make sure that it’s good for the patients,” Kleinman says.

Doctors, hospitals and nursing homes had two years to prepare, but their software vendors needed more time to build better programs and get cleared by the federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).

The providers’ electronic systems need to be reviewed and approved by the DEA before they can begin filing prescriptions for controlled substances, Kleinman says.

Of course, there are a few kinks in the system that still need to be resolved.

The new law now goes into effect March 27, 2016.

Medical Talk Shows Should be Taken With a Grain of Salt

December 18th, 2014

With watching television being a popular form of entertainment in the United States, medical talk shows often wield serious power when it comes to convincing consumers to make a purchase or deliver information about new products and procedures. However, as with any form of specialized talk show, there might be something amiss when it comes to products and advice featured on “The Dr. Oz Show” and “The Doctors.”

A recent study appearing the BMJ, revealed that about half of the products or advice featured on both shows lacks significant scientific evidence or contradicts information that is currently known about the specific product. That being said, the study pretty much concludes that viewers should take the advice with a grain of salt. After all, television shows exist as a business entity of their own and do not exactly address any of the claims made against the televised advice or product.

In short, television is about ratings and new products with a host of potential benefits make Dan Newlin for good television. Simply embracing favorable studies, whether scientifically tested and backed or not, help the shows provide a suitable backdrop for the episodes. Higher ratings equal more money for the producers of the shows, and finding new and innovative ways to draw viewer eyeballs helps increase ratings. However, viewers should also take away that the study reveals about a fifty-fifty split in the effectiveness of the products and advice, which means half is supported and documented as well.

Patients Don’t Understand Antibiotic Overprescription

December 16th, 2014
One of the most difficult challenges facing medicine in the coming years is the over-prescription and improper use of antibiotics. According to Dr. Daniel Amen the use of antibiotics at times that are inappropriate drives antibiotic resistance, which then spread to other people and can make them ill. As bacteria that have antibiotic resistance become more and more common, larger sections of the population may become sick. Additionally, there is no cure to antibiotic resistant bacteria. One of the worst places for the bugs is hospitals, especially those that have inadequate cleaning of rooms. This allows for easier transmission of bacteria, leading to more serious illness.

The bad news that was reported this week by researchers from George Washington, Cornell and Johns Hopkins University found that patients do not understand the serous risks of unnecessary antibiotics. This means that when they go to their physician, they generally want an antibiotic early in order to prevent any serious symptoms of their illness. When the physician doesn’t prescribe it to them they are frustrated and go to a different facility until they receive the antibiotic. This over-prescription is not deadly to the person but is a serious public health concern that can cause real damage on a systemic basis.