NOV 01, 2016 | MICHAEL D. NAILOR, PHARMD, BCPS-AQ ID, AND EMILY L. HEIL, PHARMD, BCPS-AQ ID
Healthcare providers should continue to educate both the public and elected officials regarding the problems of growing antibiotic resistance and mechanisms that contribute to it. They should also advocate for stronger regulations regarding the use of antibiotics in animals grown for human consumption, fund research into alternative agriculture practices that do not use antibiotics and the ongoing impact of antibiotics in agriculture on human health, and provide incentives to develop new antibiotics, particularly from novel antibiotics classes not derived from nature.
Michael Nailor, PharmD, BCPS-AQ ID, holds a joint position as a clinical associate professor at the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy and clinical specialist in infectious diseases at Hartford Hospital. Dr. Nailor also is the director of the Hartford Hospital Infectious Diseases Residency Program.
Emily Heil, PharmD, BCPS-AQ ID, is an assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. She also serves as the coordinator of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at the University of Maryland Medical Center.
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