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University initiative aims to decrease use of antibiotics

March 6, 2019

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The University of Louisville says it is launching a campaign aimed at decreasing the use of antibiotics.

A statement from the school’s health sciences department says overuse of the drugs that treat bacterial infections can lead to drug resistance. University of Louisville School of Medicine clinical pharmacist Bethany Wattles says that occurs when antibiotics no longer cure infections that they should treat.

The Kentucky Antibiotic Awareness campaign plans to provide education and resources to Kentucky health care providers and the public. It is led by health professional researchers at the UofL Department of Pediatrics Antimicrobial Stewardship Program in collaboration with the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Department of Medicaid Services.

Wattles said if antibiotic overuse continues, minor infections could become untreatable.