Home > Medical > Meds and you > Antibiotics Antibiotics All sections in Meds and You » Antibiotics » Generics » Inside the Lab » Medication » News » Using Medicines Global drug makers call for action on superbugs Drugmakers from across the world have called for governments and industry to join forces to battle the fast-rising threat of antibiotic-resistant superbugs. South Africa is facing a superbug epidemic The Centre for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy (CDDEP) has released the report 'The State of The World's Antibiotics, 2015', which shows that South Africa's growing use of antibiotics could lead to increased resistance against lifesaving treatments. New superbug resistant to last-line antibiotics Scientists warned of the 'epidemic potential' of deadly and fast-spreading bacteria resistant to last-line antibiotics. Test Using the wrong pills? » Quiz Addicted to pills? » Original vs generic medicine Brand-name vs generics Seven hard facts about antibiotics we all need to swallow Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria mutate and cause certain medications to become ineffective in preventing bacterial infections. Here are 7 hard facts about antibiotics. Antibiotic-resistant 'superbug' threatens US cities Seven US metropolitan areas are experiencing higher-than-expected levels of CRE, an antibiotic-resistant bacterium. Common bacteria becoming resistant to antibiotics A garden-variety type of bacteria, which is normally present in the human intestinal tract, may be becoming resistant to vancomycin, often considered an antibiotic of last resort. What is an antibiotic? Put simply, antibiotics are drugs that either kill bacteria or stop them multiplying. 'Dangerously high' antibiotic resistance levels worldwide The WHO is alarmed at the results of a worldwide study showing that misconceptions about the threat of antibiotic resistance are widespread. Extreme medicine: The search for new antibiotics As the world cries out for new antibiotics, researchers are turning back to nature in the hope that extreme places may throw up chemical novelties and lead to new drugs. Improper use causing antibiotic resistance Antibiotic resistance is being allowed to spread through an entirely preventable means – improper use of antibiotics. load more articles advertisement From our sponsors The three stress-busting basics you can’t afford to ignore Detangle the myths from the facts Why you should try the cold or hot approach for sports-related injuries Head lice myth busters!