Health experts have stated that the next major health crisis to consider is antibiotic-resistant “superbugs.”
Various viruses and infections have developed into “superbugs” after patients have overused antibiotics from their dentists and physicians. Now superbugs, which are extremely difficult to treat, are growing stronger and spreading farther. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported that the indiscriminate use of antibiotics has sickened more than 2.25 million Americans and killed an additional 37,000 people.
In light of these figures, Consumer Reports will feature an investigative series about the antibiotic crisis within the U.S.
"The emergence of antibiotic-resistant superbugs is a major threat to the health and well-being of millions of Americans," Lisa Gill, prescription drugs editor for Consumer Reports, said. "The problem is fixable, but we must act quickly and work together to change our behaviors to preserve the effectiveness of these life-saving drugs."
The three-part series will demonstrate how antibiotics are overused and misused and how this spreads and strengthen serious infections that are growing resistant to treatments.
"We absolutely need new antibiotics," Lisa McGiffert, director of Consumer Reports' Safe Patient Project, said. "But we have to make sure that we don't lower the bar on standards for drug approval and that all new antibiotics have met pre-market assessments for safety and efficacy."
Further information is available in the August issue of Consumer Reports magazine as well as online on ConsumerReports.org/superbugs.