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Some Points to Consider in Making Antibiotic-Related Decisions

TO TREAT OR NOT TO TREAT:

  1. Does the condition necessitate treatment?
  2. Are there other options besides treatment?
  3. Will the potential consequences outweigh the benefit of treatment?
  4. What is the host species involved? Is it worth treating?
  5. Will treatment work for the pathogen involved?
  6. Are there any risks to public health when this is done?


WHEN TREATMENT IS THE BEST OPTION:

  1. Which drug would be best against the condition of interest?
  2. What is the optimal dosage, duration and route for the drug of choice?
  3. Will the drug’s attributes work for the current condition at hand?
  4. What are the hosts’ attributes? Will the drug not put the animals at further risk given these?
  5. What are the pathogen’s attributes and where is it?    Will the drug s gain effective access to it?
  6. Will the public be put to further risks with these choices?
  7. Will the treatment be cost-effective?