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Are We Nearing the End of the Antibiotic Era?

John D'Angelo, MD, senior vice president, executive director of Emergency Medicine Services at Northwell Health, explains why he remains optimistic in the face of antibiotic resistance.

John D'Angelo, MD, senior vice president, executive director of Emergency Medicine Services at Northwell Health, explains why he remains optimistic in the face of antibiotic resistance.

Interview Transcript (slightly modified for readability)

“I think we’re at risk, but the drug industry is very active, as we know, and there [are] always new drugs coming on the market; I’m a little optimistic that we’ll be able to stay ahead of it. The bugs have kind of evolved and they’ve seen our tools and some have adjusted, but I’m hoping we’ll still come out with more ways of attacking the problem, so I’m not worried yet.

I think [that] the innovation that occurs, coupled with better public awareness and better provider practice, not to use antibiotics when they’re not needed, [will help us] get ahead of this.”