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  1. News - China

    China Digest, November 2, 2012

    Posted Nov 02nd 2012, 12:00am by STAFF

    ... antibiotics used Community-level hospitals in the city purchased 21.2 per cent fewer antibiotics between April and July compared with the same period last year, while district- and city-level hospitals purchased 4 per cent fewer antibiotics, the New Times reports. But the local use of antibiotics remains two to three times as high as in developed countries, according to Deputy Mayor Shen ...

  2. Antibiotic risk for children

    Posted Aug 09th 2005, 12:00am by Patsy Moy

    ... Patsy Moy Survey reveals parent ignorance about medication Children are being put at risk because most Hong Kong parents are ignorant about the use of antibiotics, with 60 per cent unfamiliar with the problem of drug resistance, according to a survey by the Paediatric Foundation. Youngsters risked being overdosed with antibiotics or did not finish a full course of treatment, ...

  3. Drug-resistant superbugs, a legacy of Sars

    Posted Sep 19th 2005, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... Ella Lee Doctors and scientists are fighting the emergence of drug-resistant superbugs after heavy use of strong antibiotics during and after the 2003 Sars outbreak. University of Hong Kong microbiologist Ho Pak-leung, who helped conduct a pilot antibiotics audit scheme with Queen Mary Hospital, said: 'Some doctors used second-line antibiotics as first defence ...

  4. News - World - HEALTH

    US to phase out non-medical use of antibiotics on farms

    Posted Dec 12th 2013, 10:21pm by NYT

    ... McClatchy-Tribune in Los Angeles US phasing out non-medical use of crucial drug that is losing its punch Antibiotics ban down on the farm In a major shift of food policy, the US Food and Drug Administration is phasing out the non-medical use of antibiotics on farm animals in an effort to combat growing human resistance. The plan would push livestock and poultry producers ...

  5. Lifestyle - Health - ASK THE EXPERTS

    Ask the experts: are you truly allergic to penicillin?

    Posted Mar 24th 2014, 09:48am by DR RAY NG

    ... Dr Ray Ng life@scmp.com Penicillin allergy or a rash judgment? Penicillin is one of the most important antibiotics we can prescribe for chest, throat and skin infections. The advantages ... to amoxicillin, an oral antibiotic. A familiar antibiotic may be co-amoxiclav/augmentin, which contains amoxicillin and clavulanic acid. But some people are allergic to the drug. Symptoms may vary from ...

  6. Lifestyle - Technology - SCIENCE FOCUS

    Resistance to antibiotics prompts new health threats

    Posted Sep 29th 2013, 12:00am by Martin Williams

    ... Martin Williams Experts think the age of the wonder drug may now be over because of antibiotic overuse Resistance to antibiotics prompts new health threats It has only been 70 years since work began on the first mass production of an antibiotic, penicillin. It was hailed as a "wonder drug" as it could treat a host of diseases including pneumonia and scarlet fever. Yet ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Antibiotics abuse is an increasing threat in China

    Posted Aug 29th 2013, 12:00am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Antibiotics abuse increasing threat If penicillin was one of mankind's greatest discoveries, antibiotic-resistant bacteria poses one of its greatest health threats. ... not prevent the emergence of superbugs resistant to all but a tiny handful of last-resort antibiotics. The process was fuelled and then accelerated by over-prescription and abuse of antibiotics ...

  8. Negligent patients fuel the rise of the superbug

    Posted May 21st 2011, 12:00am

    ... Ella Lee elle.lee@scmp.com The number of patients ignoring instructions when they take antibiotics is causing major concern in Hong Kong as they risk making drug-resistant bugs even more ... vice-president of the Society of Hospital Pharmacists, said: 'We are concerned that patients do not complete their antibiotics courses, which makes the drug resistance problem even worse.' Most ...

  9. Use of last-recourse antibiotics rises as new superbugs emerge

    Posted Jan 20th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Ng Yuk-hang The use of 'big-gun' antibiotics in public hospitals is rising slowly, even though weaker drugs would have sufficed in 10 per cent of cases, an infectious disease ... antibiotics refer to the strongest category of the infection-fighting drugs, reserved as the last line of defence against superbugs, whose drug resistance has been blamed on the rampant overuse ...

  10. News - China - HEALTH

    Superbug fear over resistance to antibiotics

    Posted Aug 22nd 2013, 12:00am by Stephen Chen and Lo Wei

    ... resistance to antibiotics Widespread overuse of antibiotics could have greatly increased the risk of the spread of superbugs, say experts. Mainland Chinese people have far more antibiotic-resistant genes in their gut microbes than Europeans, a study revealed. This is blamed on overprescription by doctors and the extensive use of antibiotics by farmers and food producers. And it could mean ...




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