How The Pharmaceutical Industry Is Partly Responsible For Creating “Superbugs”

While antibiotic drugs like penicillin have saved countless lives and eliminated most public health threats like syphilis, there is a darker side to these miracle cures – the worsening global trend of antimicrobial and antibiotic resistance, which in turn has led to the creation of drug-resistant bacterial strains known as “superbugs”.

And while doctors and scientists race to find new forms of antibiotic medication to treat these developing illnesses, there’s another aspect to antimicrobial and antibiotic resistance that needs to be addressed – the issue of pharmaceutical companies and environmental pollution.

With most antibiotics being manufactured in countries like India and China, the environmental legislation, regulations and enforcement that should be preventing cases of pollution like the one discovered in Hyderabad in 2009 often differ substantially from region to region, making it difficult – if not impossible – for individuals to know at a consumer level what the environmental impact...

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