An informative program concerning antibiotic use in the United States was broadcast today on the "Patient Channel." The producers of the show stated that in the USA only a small percentage of antibiotics are actually given to humans. Many sources believe that most of the antibiotics distributed in the United States are administered to animals used in the meat, dairy, and poultry industry. While this distribution is not ubiquitous other countries are facing similar problems.
The program also noted that in the US the "industry" considers the use of antibiotics to be essential to producing bigger animals faster. The show went on to explain how the use of antibiotics in this fashion could theoretically increase the number of antibiotic-resistant microorganisms while revisiting their premise that some of the microorganisms that can infect animals may also infect humans.
If the producers' aim was to "sound the alarm" on the usefulness of antibiotics in the food industry and when prescribing to a patient, they made an intriguing case against "routine" antibiotic use.