This year’s commemoration – which aims to raise awareness of both antibiotics and antibiotic resistance – will end tomorrow. The World Health Organization (WHO) and many countries use World Antibiotic Awareness Week (WAAW) to highlight “best practices among the general public, health workers and policy makers to help stop the further emergence and spread of […]

The success of The Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Challenge – a yearlong effort by the US CDC to garner formal commitments to tackle the problem of AMR by governments, private companies and non-governmental organisations – was celebrated at an unofficial side event at the UN General Assembly on 23rd September (3 days ago). The initiative itself […]

In 2008, a few colleagues and I wrote a position paper on antibiotic use and antimicrobial resistance in Singapore, making a number of recommendations which we felt would be important to improve antibiotic use and mitigate the threat of antimicrobial resistance here. Those were not particularly controversial recommendations, and reflected the thinking of the international […]

A belated post on the announcement on 9th July that UK will be testing a subscription model for antibiotics that hopes to encourage the pharmaceutical industry to develop new antibiotics in the future. The background to this is that – unlike most other drugs and medical devices – there is acknowledged market failure where antibiotics […]

Last “advertisement” for these two student essay contests, jointly organized by the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore General Hospital, and Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering. Contest details are available here (AMR) and here (Microbiome). All students of schools in Singapore are welcome. All essays to be submitted […]

Both contests open for essay submissions from 1st June 2019. This is the third edition of the contests, jointly organized by the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore General Hospital, and Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering. Contest details are available here (AMR) and here (Microbiome). All students of […]

A souvenir from a bright PhD student who had bought this off the counter at a pharmacy in a neighbouring country. When I did pharmacology in medical school decades ago, we were taught that this antibiotic was not commonly used because side effects (like antibiotic-associated diarrhea) were frequent. One would be hard pressed to find […]