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Bad bug, no drugs: The real end of antibiotics?

February 27, 2017

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John Ross, MD, FIDSA, Contributor

Dr. John Ross is an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is board certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases, and practices hospital medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is the author … See Full Bio
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Concerned RN
April 18, 2017

The fear of the new super bugs overtaking our last line of defense is real. As a nurse I constantly see the over use of antibiotics and the contribution of everyone to the inevitable. From nurses not properly disposing the antibiotics to patients not adhering to proper medication regiment. Everyone is to blame including pharmaceutical companies. One portion of the article that was interesting was the lack of financial motivation to seek new drugs. What was not mentioned is the fact most antibiotics used today are derived from plants in the rain forests around the world. As deforestation continues it will reach a point where financial gain will mean nothing because we will be past the tipping point.

Jack Van
March 15, 2017

How about letting the public actually know of what kills all “Superbugs” and cancer cells and cultures in vitro, in less than a minute, most in seconds, can’t build a resistance to it as it kills their DNA, is non hazardous, 100x’s stronger than bleach, produced by our own immune system to kill all pathogen invaders and is less expensive than anything on the market. It is FDA approved for open wound therapy, it is EPA approved for hospital disinfection. It is HYPOCHLOROUS ACID.

Ana Aitawa
March 5, 2017

We have reiterated similar facts and figures in our recent Antibacterial Drugs Market report by Drug Classes and Clinical Pipeline Analysis 2016-2020, available at

March 3, 2017

Sad part is this was known in the 50’s

Hetal Pandya
February 28, 2017

Nice post John Ross. Peoples are now a days addicted to antibiotics. This post will help peoples to get aware of such side effects of antibiotics. Thank you.

February 27, 2017

Harvard in particular has done more to damage Amercan’s health than any other single Corporate or Public entity. Harvard uses its voice to tell people to do nothing and see the doctor. But they do this at a time when research is increasingly called into question, and found to be riddled with corporate lobbying interests and very few concerns for the health of the patients.

At a time when even a retarded person could figure out that viruses and bacteria (and to some extent Funguses too) are systematically damaging the nervous system of millions of adults, we now have a call for reducing the use of antibiotics. If those were still in patent, then I bet we’d have a different story. At the moment the only “surefire” drug that kills bacteria is quinolones… hmmm… and yet, anyone who’s been prescribed antibacterials knows they work just fine. The z-pack never worked, so its lack of efficacy now means nothing. Yet it is continually prescribed today and then pointed to as if this is a new finding.

If anyone has ever used the z-pack and had it work, let them stand up and say so. I’m betting that’s just a piece of fabricated nonsense designed to sell the most expensive antibacterials. However, whenever I’ve been prescribed an old erythromycin or ceclor, wow, lookie, it still works. Hmmm… I bet they’ll all mysteriously start working again right about when the last quinolone patent expires. when is that? 2021ish? We’ll see won’t we?

I strongly suggest that Harvard look after its corporate connections and sever them. A reckoning is coming in science and if Harvard doesn’t want to find itself relegated to the dustbin of science, it will dump its sponsorship programs and embrace metascience. More and more kids are being directed to study statistics and psychology. Logic and reason have now invaded the psychology schools, and the new “science” (which always did exist but wasn’t fashionable) of metascience is about to drop the hammer on bad corporate tainted studies.

Heed the clarion call.

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