ADEs and Over the Counter Antibiotics

Over the counter antibiotics are the most widely used pharmaceutical solutions; and at the same time many people are not aware of how to use them properly.

Not too long ago, medical authorities saw the need to boost education efforts to curb the occurrence of antibiotic resistance – a phenomenon that is highly significant to the use of medication we are discussing. It may have been a good start; and the feedback shows that it deserves a commensurate follow-up. The following are just some of the reasons why they should give these issues a closer look.

The growing interest in the topic -traditionally held as the domain of medical professionals, seems to have been attributed to underlying developments that mention the unmitigated release of over counter antibiotic drugs – given that they are relatively easy to purchase – has been highlighted and may see an increase.

Even more cause was shown with the increasing number of reports related to Adverse Drug Events (ADEs). While most Americans prefer to sweep it under the rug or refer to the experts, there are reports confirming a growing awareness and eagerness to treat it as a serious public health issue.

Finding the connection between ADEs and over the counter antibiotics may seem like a wild guess for the untrained eye. However, looking at some relevant statistics gives appropriate illumination and a just cause as to why it merits a second look, at least from those who possess medical erudition.

Experts estimate that around 80% of American adults take medication and about 20% ingest up to five or more pills; and more likely, these medications come in the form of over the counter antibiotics.

This pill-popping bandwagon has been alluded to as one of the possible causes for the 700,000 or more emergency clinic cases and about 100,000 hospital confinements yearly, this in America alone.

With the health care debates still buzzing in and around the capitol, medical- related concerns including the loose implementation of the regulations governing over the counter antibiotic drugs are starting to come to the fore.

Even some of politicians who used to distance themselves from sensitive (read politically incorrect) topics to avoid offending their constituents, are beginning to listen to the experts who opine that over the counter antibiotic drugs may have a relevant contribution to the almost $4 billion spent for adverse drug events.

And these annual figures almost exclusively pertains to extra medical costs; notwithstanding the undocumented or unreported instances.

Some pundits believe that sufficient time should be spent on the subject because decisive action to regulate over the counter antibiotic drugs can lead to at least 40% (a conservative estimate) of hospitalization costs.

The economy may have something to do with as the rising medical coverage costs have left the average man on the street almost no other choice but to self-medicate, an along with the practice, expose themselves to the risk of ill-advised or un-prescribed use of over the counter antibiotics.

Further, several important factors also come into play; and if these are left unaddressed may exacerbate a seemingly trivial proliferation of over counter antibiotic availability control.

Among the tends that authorities should keep tabs on are the emergence of new medications, recycled use of older medications, the increasing proportion of the aging or maturing Americans in the population the rise of disease prevention efforts and also a widened coverage over prescription medications.

As wide and far reaching as it is, the over the counter antibiotic issues may take more of a cooperative stance between government, big pharmaceutical companies, and regular consumers to solve. And, regardless of where everyone stands on this issue, one thing remains clear; everyone has an important part to play; and a little concern based on informed awareness can go a long way to more affordable and safer medication.