Why should you help contain antibiotic resistance?

Imagine a world where antibiotics no longer work — what would that look like?

Experts predict a return to the pre-antibiotic era by 2030 if nothing is done to curb antibiotic resistance.1

In Australia, antibiotic resistance in common pathogens causing RTIs has increased over the past 20 years.2 Stretococcus pneumoniae resistance to macrolide antibiotics has increased from 8.7% in 1994 to 20.4% in 2007, and this trend is continuing.3

This figure shows the time between introduction of a new antibiotic and first reports of antibiotic resistance to this antibiotic, an indication of how quickly resistance has developed especially with newer antibiotics.4

Antibiotics: time from introduction to report of resistance4

 Antibiotics: time from introduction to report of resistance

  1. World Health Organization. Combat antimicrobial resistance: fact sheet. World Health Organization, 2011. (accessed 15 May 2012).
  2. Australian Group on Antimicrobial Resistance (AGAR). AGAR Surveys: schedule and overview. 2011. (accessed 15 May 2012).
  3. Australian Group on Antimicrobial Resistance (AGAR). Streptococcus pneumoniae survey. 2007 Antibiotic susceptibility report. 2007. (accessed 15 May 2012).
  4. Pray L. Antibiotic R&D: resolving the paradox between unmet medical need and commercial incentive. Cambridge Healthtech Institute, (Insight Pharma Reports). Needham, MA, 2008.