[Will we still have antibiotics tomorrow?]

Arch Bronconeumol. 2007 Aug;43(8):450-9. doi: 10.1016/s1579-2129(07)60102-5.
[Article in Spanish]

Abstract

Since the discovery of antibiotics, it has been generally believed that these antimicrobials are capable of curing almost all bacterial infections. More recently, the appearance of increasing resistance to antibiotics and the emergence of multiresistant microorganisms have given rise to growing concern among physicians, and that concern has now started to filter through to society in general. The problem is further aggravated by a situation that not many people are currently aware of, that is, the limited prospects for future development of new antibiotics in the short to medium term. Appropriate use of available antibiotics based on a thorough understanding of their in vivo activity and the emergence of new forms of administration, such as inhalers, may help to alleviate the problem.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Inhalation
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / pharmacokinetics
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / pharmacology*
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Drug Therapy / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Immunologic Factors / therapeutic use*
  • Respiratory Tract Infections / drug therapy*
  • Respiratory Tract Infections / microbiology

Substances

  • Anti-Bacterial Agents
  • Immunologic Factors