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Infectious Disease Physician Concerned with Antibiotic Use in Rural NL

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Infectious disease physicians provide insight into state antimicrobial and antibiotic use.

Newfoundland and Labrador have the highest antibiotic use in Canada.

Dr. Peter Daley says antibiotics and other antibacterial agents have saved millions of lives since their discovery, but their effectiveness is waning over time as bacteria and other microbes develop drug resistance. It is said that

He said recent research shows prescription rates are declining in Newfoundland and Labrador, but as COVID moves into the endemic stage, prescription rates are unlikely to rise again. It is feared that

He said he is concerned about using it in rural areas because the charges are higher than in urban areas such as St. John’s. He specifically said Springdale has the most antibiotics in Newfoundland and Labrador.

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