Rapid, affordable tests to spot bacterial infections could reduce antibiotic overprescription in resource-limited settings
Michael Schubert |
In countries with unregulated antibiotic access, stewardship for the prevention of drug resistance development can be a challenge. But how can obstacles like physicians’ lack of time to conduct a full diagnostic workup, or the absence of resources that would allow the verification of bacterial infections before prescribing antibiotics, be surmounted? Researchers from the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit in Vietnam suggest introducing an affordable, five-minute C-reactive protein (CRP) test that could distinguish between viral and bacterial infections and prevent antibiotic overprescription (1).
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