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  •  Thanks 4 diary! In MENA, Dr's overprescribe. (3+ / 0-)
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    elfling, the fan man, JerryNA

    Probably elsewhere, too. Here in Middle East, if you visit the doctor for almost anything, they will prescribe antibiotics routinely. And I bet a large % of patients don't complete the course -- hastening resistance.


    How about topical antibiotic ointments, like using Neosporin on all cuts?

    There is also significant concern that use of Neosporin contributes to the emergence of antibiotic resistant bacteria. In the US, the only large market for Neosporin, the ointment has been shown to promote the prevalence of MRSA bacteria, specifically the highly lethal ST8:USA300 strain.

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