New antibiotic could turn into a nightmare for you
Well, here we go again.
The mainstream STILL hasn’t learned the clear lesson about antibiotics: The more you use them, the less effective they become.
But instead of focusing on NEW approaches aimed at REDUCING these meds, it’s just doubled down on the same old thing.
The FDA has approved plazomicin, a powerful new antibiotic for urinary tract infections (UTIs).
Supposedly, the new drug can fight off the “nightmare” UTI germs that are rapidly becoming untreatable because of the overuse of antibiotics.
But if you take this drug yourself, YOU could be the one trapped in a nightmare!
The drug, expected to cost $1,000 a day (imagine making that kind of money), comes with an ominous black-box warning. It’s been linked to serious risks, including damage to the kidneys and a frightening condition called neuromuscular blockade, which can lead to paralysis.
The FDA says that the drug should only be used for “complicated” UTIs. It’s not a first line of defense… but a last resort to try when everything else has failed.
And if that were TRULY how it would be used, maybe it could be an important tool for doctors and hospitals.
The reality is that docs have a DREADFUL record with antibiotics.
See, FDA approvals are really just suggestions. Once a drug is approved, docs are allowed to use it for anything they want.
When a patient is sick, they often reach for the most powerful tool they have — and it doesn’t matter if it’s like using a flamethrower to kill a cockroach.
They’ll use it, even if it means they might burn the house down.
Of course, the companies that make the drugs are only too happy when docs use the drugs beyond the FDA approval.
It’s more money for them!
Everyone knows it, even on Wall Street, where analysts are already predicting that the new drug can do half a billion a year in sales. You certainly don’t get a number like that if it’s truly a last-resort drug limited to worst-of-the-worst complicated UTI cases.
If you’re prone to UTIs, your best offense is a good defense: Cut your risk of infection (“complicated” or not) by arming your body to fight the germs that cause them.
Cranberry — real cranberry that’s available fresh or as extract in supplements, not sugary juice drinks — can prevent UTIs, as can probiotics. Take both daily, and you can double your chances of success and help ensure that you never need to take antibiotics for your own UTI ever again.