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AUL Pharmacy program spearheads Antimicrobial Resistance seminar

The College of Health Sciences (CHS) Pharmacy program conducted this year’s St. Martin de Porres Lecture entitled, “The Superbug Threat: Antimicrobial Resistance” on February 1, 2017 at the Daragang Magayon Hall.

Participants were composed of students from BS Nursing, Medical Technology, and Pharmacy programs with Anna Lynda Bellen, MD, FDCP, an Infection Control Specialist, as the guest speaker.

Dr. Bellen explained that antimicrobial resistance is the ability of microorganisms to develop immunity to antibiotics when its concentration in the body is not maintained or diminished resulting to ineffectiveness of therapy and change to a more powerful or expensive medication.

Antimicrobial resistance was first assumed to be the result of patient noncompliance by their habit of discontinuing the medication treatment when feeling better already. But it was discovered that it can also be the result of other factors such as eating antibiotic-medicated livestocks and improper medical practitioner hygiene (e.g. improper washing of hands, discarding of disposable gloves and masks, etc.) and carelessness.

“The seminar was really helpful in not only addressing the problems in antimicrobial resistance but also in encouraging patients to fully comply with their medication regimen, and for healthcare practitioners to deliver quality practice”, a pharmacy student commented.

The St. Martin de Porres lecture is organized by the College of Health Sciences as part of the activities of the annual University Week celebration.

Posted on: 02.08.2017

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