Victoria Richards, associate professor of medical sciences in the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University, was quoted in a HealthDay article on using the same antibiotics to treat illnesses.
“Any antibiotic is a weapon against a bacteria,” she said. “With this approach, they could break that cycle of bacteria trying to adapt to our weapons.”
Richards said doctors and hospitals should consider putting a cycling strategy into effect as soon as possible as a way of preventing resistance.
“It’s not like these are experimental antibiotics,” she said. “They are commonly used, and can be used in response to the bacteria responding to other antibiotics. It’s trying to keep one step ahead of the bacteria, by looking in a different way at antibiotics that have been used for decades.”