Monday, January 23, 2012

Effective drug management could save lives

According to a study published in Clinical Infectious Diseases, the shortage of anti-infective drugs pose a great threat to clinical care and disease outcomes. Anti-infectives were shown to reduce the prevalence of multidrug-resistant pathogens. These drugs are able to treat syndromes such as encephalitis, neurosyphilitis, tuberculosis and many others. The shortage of these key drugs may result in loss of many lives of patients with such diseases. While the source of such drug shortage is hard to determine, several possibilities are "red tape" factors such as regulation, processing, distribution, and other factors that could be avoided with effective management. I think this article is interesting because it points to the necessity of effective non-medical actions to increase medical treatment. By increasing oversight of such processes, many people's lives could be saved.

Article source: http://esciencenews.com/articles/2012/01/22/anti.infective.drug.shortages.pose.threat.public.health.and.patient.care

-Michelle Jin

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