The journal British Medical Journal warns that the excessive use of antibiotic-free selling is impacting on public health systems in the world, because patients become resistant to treatment.

The self-medication and the stagnation in pharmaceutical research have led to a problem that is impacting the health systems of various countries because to the antibiotic resistance.

The group of researchers warned that in recent decades, there has been a massive increase in the use of antibiotics commonly used and without prescription. This has resulted in the immunization of patients to certain treatments, which threatens to return to the “pre-antibiotic era.”

“Without effective treatment and prevention of bacterial infections, we are in danger of going backwards in important achievements of modern medicine like surgery, organ transplants and chemotherapy,” the researchers note.

The developing countries are those with the most damage. According to the daily El Mundo, from spain, the increasing resistance to first-line antibiotics has led to the 70% of registered infections in hospitals can not be treated like at the World Health Organization.

“A study made in Tanzania has recently confirmed that treatment with antibiotics is not effective for blood infections. The result in this case was that these deaths doubled to sepsis caused by malaria.

But this is not a problem exclusive to developing countries. The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control of Disease, in its latest report, said that the most important infections that threaten the continent are microorganisms resistant to these drugs.

Some studies in 15 pharmaceutical companies shows that only 1.6% of the drugs were produced antibiotics and no new generation. “The development of new antibiotics must be safeguarded by regulations and practices that ensure a rational use without repeating the mistakes of the past,” concluded the editorial.

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