Save Antibiotic Strengthsm
One of the greatest public health achievements of the last century was the discovery of antibiotics. Before antibiotics, bacterial diseases like pneumonia and tuberculosis posed a significant threat to the human population. Antibiotics like penicillin dramatically reduced the risks of these and other infectious diseases caused by bacteria. Their power to kill bacteria and save lives is nothing short of amazing.
Today, the use of antibiotics has become so widespread that many people view these medicines as "silver bullets" with the ability to cure a range of diseases. Few realize that antibiotics can only be used to treat bacterial infections and are not effective against viruses like the common cold or the flu.
In fact, CAQH research shows that more than one-third of Americans have inappropriately taken antibiotics to treat viral illnesses. The danger is that this type of misuse can cause bacteria to become resistant to antibiotics. As a result, the drugs that we use to treat bacterial infections today are becoming less effective and might one day be powerless against deadly diseases.
CAQH has joined the fight to preserve the power of antibiotics through a national education campaign called Save Antibiotic Strengthsm. Through the program, CAQH and our partners - including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - are educating Americans about the importance of using antibiotics safely, and providing physicians with information and tools to deliver this message to their patients. Together, we are addressing one of America's most pressing public health concerns.
Please note that this is intended to be educational information and is not medical advice for individual patients. Because patient symptoms, diagnoses, and treatments vary, it is important that you consult a qualified physician.