A Canadian Perspective
The numbers don’t lie: antimicrobial misuse in Canada is a pervasive and growing problem. With approximately 23.8 million antibiotic prescriptions written annually, it is estimated that as much as 50% of antimicrobial use is inappropriate. Misuse of antibiotics can lead to antimicrobial resistant strains of bacteria (superbugs) that can be very difficult and expensive to treat.
At a financial cost of $1 billion for complications associated with antimicrobial resistance, and the human toll of 2,000 lives per year in Canada, the proper use of antimicrobial medications must be emphasized in every medical school, doctor’s office and healthcare facility in the country.