LONDON, UK – July 12, 2016 – In a recent interview with HealthPad, a UK-based medical information dissemination and resource company, Nobel Laureate Dr. Roger Kornberg discussed the concern in the rise of illness and death due to Antimicrobial Resistance and how new biosensor technology can potentially be a step-change in eradicating this threat.
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Slowing the steep rise of antimicrobial resistance
- Currently 700,000 people die each year from Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) and this could rise to 10 milion by 2050
- AMR could make routine surgeries and childbirth as dangerous and lethal as in the pre-antibiotic era killing millions and costing trillions worldwide
- Doctors inappropriately prescribing antibiotics for minor aliments shorten the useful life of antibiotics threatening modern medicine as there is an antibiotic pipeline deficiency
- 90% of GPs feel pressured by patients to prescribe antibiotics
- 70% of GPs are unsure whether sore throat and respiratory infections are viral or bacterial resulting in 50% of sore throats receiving antibiotics
- Clinical diagnosis leads to 50% of patients with a sore throat being prescribed antibiotics without having Group A Streptococcal infection
- 30% of patients with pharyngitis will not be treated but will be infected with Group A Streptococci
- 24% of doctors say they lack easy-to-use diagnostic tools
- 10m prescriptions for antibiotics are handed out in England each year to patients who do not need them
- A Nobel Laureate has developed a new technology to provide rapid, accurate, cost-effective diagnosis of bacterial sore throat resulting in informed prescribing and reducing unnecessary antibiotic usage
Should we listen when a professor of medicine and a Nobel Laureate says that the technology already exists to develop a cheap hand held device, which can rapidly and accurately diagnose a bacterial sore throat?
Without such a device to determine whether minor ailments require antibiotics, doctors will continue to prescribe them, and thereby contribute to the steep rise in Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR). In 2016 the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), the UK government’s NHS watchdog, reported that as many as 10m prescriptions for antibiotics are handed out in England every year to patients who do not need them. According to a 2016 report on AMR, by 2050 a staggering, “10m people will die from AMR each year . . . . The world needs rapid diagnostics to improve our use of antibiotics,” says the report.