Overusing Antibiotics Could Cost the World Trillions of Dollars


Testing the susceptibility of Staphylococcus aureus to antibiotics by the Kirby-Bauer disk diffusion method. Image: CDC/Wikimedia
Testing the susceptibility of Staphylococcus aureus to antibiotics by the Kirby-Bauer disk diffusion method. Image: CDC/Wikimedia
It has become increasingly clear that we’re overusing antibiotics, and now it’s costing us big money.

By Madison Margolin | MOTHERBOARD

Here in New York, the United Nations is ready to take on what has become a global threat. The UN General Assembly High-level Meeting on Antimicrobial Resistance that’s set to happen today has a singular message to policymakers: get antimicrobial resistance under control for the sake of the human and economic health.

According to a World Bank report titled „Drug-resistant Infections: A Threat to Our Economic Future,“ drug-resistant infections are causing economic damage up to 3.5 percent of the global gross domestic product (GDP). Middle and low- income countries could lose up to 5 percent of their GDP. In total, the global economic loss could cost nearly $100 trillion by 2050.

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