Cayman’s top health officials said on Thursday (15 November), it is not just patients who need to take heed of the issues surrounding resistance to antibiotics.
During World Antibiotics Week, Cayman’s Acting Chief Medical Officer said physicians, too, must take care with their prescriptions:
“For the public, surprisingly, there was a high awareness of what antibiotic resistance is and what is linked to antibiotic resistance: mainly the misuse – I don’t like to use the word abuse – the misuse of antibiotics both by the public and also by the prescribers because, a lot of time, as physicians, we get pressure from the patient,” explained Dr. Samuel Williams-Rodriguez.
Chief pharmacist Colin Medford explained what the consequences could be:
“The patient needs to know if you take antibiotics for the common cold then the next time you need antibiotics, they very may well not work or you may very well need to step up to a much stronger, more potent antibiotic, which may very well carry greater side effects,” he said.