By: Erin Burns
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention featured a guest blog post from PLF Executive Director Christian John Lillis. The blog post, “Seeing The Potential Harm of Antibiotic Overuse Clearly,” is about the widespread overuse of antibiotics and the negative impact this has. “Antibiotics are miracle drugs. They underpin most modern medicine. If someone has a bacterial infection, they should be treated quickly. But if someone has a virus, like the common cold or COVID-19, antibiotics are not only ineffective, but their use can actually cause harm, like a C. diff infection. To avoid unnecessary infections and prolong these drugs’ effectiveness, we must first see both the potential harms, as well as benefits, of antibiotics.” You can read the full blog post here.