JAKARTA, NNC - Superbugs could kill more than cancer and diabetes by 2050s, experts say. Experts warn that we will later become resistant to antibiotics.
Although there is an urge to reduce prescription rates, British doctors still prescribes twice as much antibiotics as some of their European counterparts, according to the report. Experts have warned that routine hospital operations can also be too dangerous if general medicines become ineffective.
Experts fear the antibiotic crisis is worsening, with growing concerns, drugs losing their effects and no longer able to treat many infections, according to the Daily Mail on Monday, Oct 22.
Its estimated that drug-resistant bacteria are responsible for 5,000 deaths per year in the UK and 25,000 per year in Europe. But experts say the death toll could reach ten million a year globally in the next 30 years.
Superbug will kill more people than cancer and diabetes combined by 2050 unless something is done to overcome antibiotic resistance.
Head of the British medical officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies, said cancer patients often rely on antimicrobial drugs to protect them while their immune systems are weakened by chemotherapy. However, the report warns that patients may soon face a painful decision about whether or not to have cancer treatment or surgery because the risk of death through microbial infection can outweigh the benefits of treatment.
Despite increasing threats, no new antibiotic classes have been developed for decades and research has declined because its not profitable for pharmaceutical companies. This is because new antibiotics will only be prescribed and not as first-line treatment as other drugs.
The report shows new ways to fund the potential treatments needed to make it useful for pharmaceutical companies. This could involve changes to patent law and the ways in which pharmaceutical companies are replaced for new antimicrobial drugs.
"In six months we want to see real progress in implementing practical policies to reverse the worrying exodus of research. Governments and industries must play their part in overcoming this problem," said Dr Sarah Wollaston, Chairman of Tory MP Committee.