Our collective contribution matters: Pharmacists unite in tackling antibiotic resistance for South Africa

  • A P Messinga University of the Witwatersrand
  • S Van Vuuren University of the Witwatersrand
  • A J Brink Ampath National Laboratory Services

Abstract

The relentless misuse (including under dosing, inappropriate duration and incorrect indications) of antibiotics globally has over time hastened the natural process of antibiotic resistance which Sir Alexander Fleming warned us of in 1945. Many bacteria today have gained resistance mechanisms to combat antibiotics causing experts to caution that we are currently at the dawn of a post antibiotic era. As a result, the advancements in modern medicine including organ transplants, chemotherapy and joint replacement surgery could one day be a memory of the past since these procedures may be too risky to perform without effective antibiotic prophylaxis.

Author Biographies

A P Messinga, University of the Witwatersrand
BPharm Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology School of Therapeutic Sciences Faculty of Health Sciences University of the Witwatersrand; and Department of Quality Leadership Netcare Hospitals South Africa
S Van Vuuren, University of the Witwatersrand
PhD Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology School of Therapeutic Sciences Faculty of Health Sciences University of the Witwatersrand
A J Brink, Ampath National Laboratory Services
MBChB,MMed Ampath National Laboratory Services Milpark Hospital; and Division of Infectious Diseases and HIV Medicine Department of Medicine University of Cape Town
Published
2017-04-05
Section
Cum Laude