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Ascenda BioSciences Thoughts: In the age of medicine where doctors are prescribing antibiotics for almost everything isn’t it likely that you can develop a tolerance or resistance to said antibiotics? Think of taking an antibiotic regularly like someone who has bad allergies. A person with bad allergies develops a tolerance over time from taking so much allergy medication that his/her body needs more and more each time to give the same effects.

Antibiotics that are frequently prescribed for the common cold, flu, infection like symptoms etc. create a resistance reaction or tolerance in the body. When something that antibiotics are 100% needed for comes up, this resistance reaction that has been developed over time can have great effect on the outcome of the treatment regimen. If you are a patient, wouldn’t you want to know if you had amoxicillin resistance before your doctor prescribed you amoxicillin? Absolutely.

A global resistance of 15% to the most common antibiotics is what this study found; which included 66,142 samples (99.5% endoscopic gastric or duodenal biopsies) and 53,583 mainly adult patients with a mean age of 48 and a gender make-up of 49% male and 51% female. In the article they quote Yamini Natarajan, MD, of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston “Identifying resistance patterns is important work. Knowing the patterns can help create more tailored guidelines and promote alternative antibiotic therapies. Community gastroenterologists should be aware of their local resistance patterns and use that knowledge to tailor therapies.” This evidence is frightening. Ascenda BioSciences offers antibiotic resistance, testing on six of the most common antibiotics that are patient-specific through means of PCR DNA testing. Would you want to get better the first time you take a regimen of antibiotics? Prescreening for drug resistance will help the doctors with the development of an effective antibiotic regimen for the patients the first time.


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