In recent years, few new antibiotics have been developed, and health authorities say that responsible use is absolutely critical to people's health.
Healthcare, PHARMAC, ACC, the Healthy Quality and Safety Committee, and the School of Medicine's smart choice campaign support the ongoing Global Antibiotic Awareness Week 2018.
Dr. Sally Roberts, the clinical leader of the commission's infection control and management program, said that the time it takes to develop a new antibiotic and the effects that the company has on exposure to antibiotics due to lack of incentives to produce antibiotics Resisting – is an increasing threat.
& # 39; It takes 10-15 years to develop new antibiotics, and antibiotics tend to be used only on short courses, so they are not very profitable for businesses. As a result, the antibiotic pipeline slowed down.
& # 39; As antibiotic resistance increases globally, it is important that we preserve the remaining antibiotics. It should be treated as a valuable commodity and should not be used indiscriminately when it is not needed.
"By reducing the amount of antibiotics that need to be used at first by avoiding the infection, it reduces the chance of bacteria being resistant to antibiotics. The best way to avoid infection is to clean your hands regularly.
PHARMAC Medical Director John Wyeth says antibiotics are not always the best treatment for common infections, and it's important to know when to take them.
& # 39; Colds and flu are caused by viruses, not bacteria, so they can not be fixed with antibiotics. Antibiotics do not help most ear infections improve faster.
Your doctor will tell you if antibiotics are the right prescription. Trust their advice and do not expect antibiotics every time. We should all be able to continue using antibiotics. & # 39;
Dr. Derek Sherwood of the wise choice campaign says infections such as pneumonia, tuberculosis and gonorrhea are becoming more difficult to treat as antibiotics used in treatment become less effective.
& # 39; Antibiotic resistance increases the length of hospital stay, increases medical costs, and increases mortality. & # 39;
The Wise Choice Web site has a variety of resources for consumers with information on when antibiotics may not be needed and alternatives to common disease treatment.
Caroline McElnay, director of public health at the Department of Health, says it is important to deal with antibiotic resistance.
The health authorities are working with other key stakeholders, particularly the Ministry of Education for Primary Industries and Organizations in the agricultural sector.
This collaborative approach recognizes that antibiotic resistance is more than just a health problem and has the potential to affect much of our lives, including agriculture and food production.
By working with our partners throughout New Zealand and around the world, we are making sure that New Zealand can cope with antibiotic resistance. "Says Dr. McElnay.