Pharmacist Doug: Antibiotic Resistance


WE’LL SEND IT BACK OVER THE MEAGHAN AND A VERY SPECIAL GUEST. Meaghan: READY OR NOT, BACK THE SCHOOL TIME IS HERE WITH KIDS HEADING TO CLASS NEXT WEEK. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THEY STAY HAPPY OR HEALTHY, ESPECIALLY IN THIS TIME OF THE YEAR. PHARMACIST DOUG HERE TO TALK ABOUT ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE TO PREPARE US FOR THE YEAR AHEAD. THIS IS A GOOD REMINDER. IS THERE NEW INFORMATION FROM THE C.D.C. TALKING ABOUT ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE? I THINK THIS IS A GOOD TIME TO DO IT. I DON’T KNOW IT’S NECESSARILY NEW INFORMATION. IT’S ALWAYS GROWING. THE C.D.C., THEY… IT’S VERY, VERY IMPORTANT FOR THEM. THEY DEDICATE THE WHOLE DEPARTMENT FOR THAT. THEY HAVE 34 PROJECTS THEY’RE FUNDING. THEY COLLABORATE WITH THE U.N., THE WORLD TRADE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION, SO IT’S NOT JUST THE U.S. IT’S A GLOBAL ISSUE. IT’S VERY SERIOUS. Meaghan: IT’S SOMETHING WE NEED TO BE COGNIZANT OF AND AWARE. WE’RE SUPPORTING OUR IMMUNE SYSTEMS SO WE’RE NOT HAVING TO TAKE TOO MANY ANTIBIOTICS. CORRECT. WE TALK ABOUT THAT ALLOTTED, PREVENTION. HAND WASHING, COVERING YOUR COUGH, YOU KNOW, NOT SHARING DRINKS, I EVEN TALK ABOUT SUPPLEMENTS WITH VITAMIN C, VITAMIN B-3, ECHINACEA, ELDERBERRY. YOU CAN ALWAYS FOCUS ON PREVENTION. THAT’S GREAT. SUPPORT THAT IMMUNE SYSTEM. Meaghan: SO WE’RE DOING THINGS ON THE FRONT END. WHAT CAN A PARENT OF KIDDOS THAT ARE HEADING BACK TO SCHOOL, WHAT DO THEY NEED TO KEEP IN MIND AS FAR AS THIS GOES? AS FAR AS THE C.D.C., THEY HAVE SOME SUGGESTIONS THAT WERE KIND OF SHOCKING TO ME A LITTLE BIT. SO PARENTS CAN TALK TO THEIR HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS ABOUT THEM OR THEIR CHILDREN. YOU KNOW, AND KIND OF MAKE SURE THAT THAT DOCTOR HAS DIDN’T ALL THEY CAN DO TO DISTINGUISH, LIKE BACTERIAL AND VIRAL. YOU DON’T WANT TO GIVE AN ANTIBIOTIC FOR A VIRAL INFECTION. ACTUALLY, THERE ARE TESTS THAT CAN BE DONE, YOU KNOW, TO A CULTURE THAT CAN BE DONE TO DETERMINE IF IT’S BACTERIAL OR VIRAL. Meaghan: WHY IS THAT SO IMPORTANT? BECAUSE FOR ONE, ABANTIBIOTIC WORKS, IF — FOR THE OTHER, IT DOESN’T. IT WILL NOT TOUCH A VIRUS AT ALL. THERE ARE MEDICATIONS THAT WILL DO THAT. WE WANT TO FIND THAT, DISTINGUISH THAT. Meaghan: I THINK THAT A LOT OF TIMES PEOPLE FEEL LIKE THEY NEED A FIX. THEY WANT SOME MEDICINE. SO THEY PRESSURE THEIR DOCTOR INTO PRESCRIBING SOMETHING, EVEN THOUGH THEY MIGHT NOT NECESSARILY NEED IT. THIS IS A FLIP SIDE. THAT FIRST POINT WAS LIKE SOMETIMES DOCTORS WILL JUST IN CASE DO THIS, KIND OF TO MAKE THE PATIENT FEEL BETTER, BUT THE SECOND POINT IS THAT PATIENTS DO PRESSURE DOCTORS. DON’T PRESSURE YOUR DOCTOR TO GIVE YOU SOMETHING IF HE OR SHE DOESN’T THINK YOU’VE GOT SOMETHING GOING ON. Meaghan: YOU WANT TO MAKE SURE WHEN YOU DO HAVE SOMETHING YOU’RE TAKING THAT MEDICINE CORRECTLY. OH, YEAH, AS A PHARMACIST, THIS IS MY BIGGEST — Meaghan: DOES IT DRIVE YOU CRAZY? IT DOES. I WILL ADMIT THAT. SO I WANT PEOPLE THE LOOK TO THE LABEL. IF IT SAYS THREE TIMES A DAY, DO THAT. TWO TIMES A DAY, AND FINISH IT. THIS IS MY BIG DEAL. FINISH IT. AFTER A COUPLE OF DAY, IF YOU’RE FEELING BETTER, SOME PEOPLE WILL STOP. YOU HAVE TO FINISH IT. THAT’S WHERE THE MAGIC IS. THAT’S WHAT THE RISK IS FOR CREATING THOSE RESISTANT BACTERIALS. Meaghan: AND ATHINK A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE ONE PRESCRIPTION, I’LL SAVE THE REST. THAT’S HORRIBLE, AS WELL. THIS NOT SAVE YOUR PRESCRIPTION FOR LATER, BECAUSE IT’S NOT ENOUGH. LIKE THEY’VE DONE STUDIES TO SAY, THIS IS HOW LONG IT NEEDS TO BE TO KILL OFF EVERYTHING, YOU KNOW, EVEN THE MUTATING BACTERIA. SO THEY’VE DONE STUDIES, 7 TO 10 DAYS, WHATEVER. Meaghan: YOU NEVER WANT TO TAKE A PRESCRIPTION THAT’S MEANT FOR SOMEBODY ELSE. NO. Meaghan: WE NEVER WANT TO DO THAT. NUMBER ONE, IT’S FEDERALLY AGAINST THE LAW. I ALWAYS POINT THAT OUT. Meaghan: THAT’S A KEY POINT THERE. IT’S FEDERALLY AGAINST THE LAW, BUT YOU DON’T KNOW THAT YOUR BACTERIA THAT OF YOU GOT GOING ON IN YOUR BODY IS SUSCEPTIBLE TO THE ANTIBIOTIC THE DOCTOR GAVE THAT OTHER PERSON. IT’S IN THE LIKE THAT. IT’S NOT AS EASY AS YOU HIGH THINK. WELL, I THINK WHEN YOU REALLY THIS NEED IT AND YOU REALLY DO GET SICK, AND IF YOU HAVE BUILT UP THIS RESISTANCE, THAT’S WHEN IT’S TROUBLESOME, RIGHT? HOW DO WE FIX IT IF YOU DON’T HAVE THESE BASIC ANTIBIOTICS I GUESS. IT’S SO IMPORTANT. DOUGIE, VERY GOOD. IF PEOPLE HAVE QUESTIONS, THEY CAN FIND YOU AT THE DRUG EMPORIUM. THEY CERTAINLY CAN. Meaghan: WHERE ELSE CAN WE FIND YOU? MY E-MAIL IS [email protected] AND FACEBOOK IS PHARMACIST DOUG. Meaghan: YOU’LL ALWAYS ANSWER QUESTIONS, THERE ESPECIALLY AS WE HEAD INTO THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR. KIDDO, ONCE THEY START HANGING AROUND EACH OTHER — INEVITABLY WE’LL BE IN HERE TALKING ABOUT LICE. Meaghan: ISN’T THAT NICE. WHAT UPLIFTING TOPICS, DOUGIE.