interesting antibiotics facts

October 19, 2009 | In: Medical facts

The term “antibiotic” was brought into modern usage in 1942 by Selman Waksman who determined that the term would be used to describe a substance that is used to combat negative microorganisms in the body.

Penicillin was introduced in the 1940s.

Scientists have developed more than 150 antibiotics to help stop the spread of infectious diseases.

In 1954 two million pounds of antibiotics were produced in the U.S. In the year 2000 this figure exceeds 50 million pounds.

Antibiotics can kill most of the bacteria in your body that are sensitive to them, including “good” bacteria.

More antibiotics are used on animals than on humans.

Antibiotics should only be used when prescribed by your doctor. Certain antibiotics (aminoglycosides) can only be given as an injection.

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