It's Time for a Change in Practice: Reducing Antibiotic Use Can Alter Antibiotic Resistance

Friedman, Cindy R.; Whitney, Cynthia G.
April 2008
Journal of Infectious Diseases;4/15/2008, Vol. 197 Issue 8, p1082
Academic Journal
The author reflects on the use of reducing antibiotic to change antibiotic resistance. The author said that researchers have presented important findings demonstrating a link between reduced antibiotic use during the summer months and a rapid seasonal decrease in antibiotic-resistant pneumococci that cause otitis media. He suggests that the resistance imposes a cost on bacterial fitness and reduces antibiotic in the selection of sensitive strains over resistant by decreasing selective pressure.


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