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A Summary of the Article Toward Optimal Health The Experts Discuss Antibiotic Therapy in Primary CareJodi Godfrey Meisler MS RD interviewed two doctors Stuart B Levy MD and Jack B Anon MD about their opinions on antibiotic resistance what the cause of bacterial resistance is the amount of concern physicians should have about bacterial resistance to antibiotics and how physicians can improve antibacterial therapeutics Meisler also asked if there are guidelines to help clinicians diagnose common infections more efficiently and make better decisions before writing prescriptions if antibiotics are created equal what the most common reasons antibiotics are prescribed for what conditions are treated with antibiotics that should not be can new antibiotics be made what role does patient noncompliance play questioned antibiotic use on specific sicknesses safety of antibacterial cleansers antiseptics and disinfectants along with the question if antibiotic resistance can be reversed or overcomeMeisler began by explaining benefits of antibiotics the introduction of antibiotic resistance and possible reasoning for the cause of this resistance along with a way that it can be avoided Meisler then did a good job of explaining the credibility of each doctor With this Meisler led into the questioning beginning with what the doctors felt might be the cause of antibiotic resistanceDr Jack Anon MD said that the main reason people are becoming resistant to antibiotic treatment is because they use too many antibiotics too often He feels that the fact of this concern making its way to Congress proves that it is a big deal and great attention should be shown to this subject In Anons opinion physicians are taking the easy way out and instead of taking a little more time with their patient and possibly doing a few more tests they are all too ready to write the patient a prescription so they can move on to the next person Anon said that primary care physicians need to become familiar
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