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Dr. Lauri A. Hicks

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Medical Director, Get Smart Progr...

CDC
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
E 03 1600 Clifton Road
Atlanta , Georgia 30333
United States

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Appropriate Antibiotic Usage - AmeriHealth Caritas Pennsylvania
www.amerihealthcaritaspa.com, 25 Feb 2014 [cached]
Dr. Lauri Hicks, Medical Director of the CDC's Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work program, suggests five communication strategies that can impact patient understanding:
Antibiotic Prescribing Rates Vary by Region: Report - Drugs.com MedNews
www.drugs.com, 30 May 2013 [cached]
It's tough to know exactly what factors contributed to the regional variations the research team found in antibiotic prescription rates, said study author Lauri Hicks, medical director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"Why is West Virginia more than double compared to Alaska? I imagine there are provider factors, patient factors and cultural factors that are all shaping the impact," Hicks said.
Some patients may pressure physicians to give them what they perceive as a "quick fix" so they can get back to work sooner or return their sick child to day care, Hicks added. Unfortunately, that contributes to the growing problem of antibiotic resistance, she said.
"We should be thinking of antibiotics not as a magic bullet, but as a precious resource that we should only use when absolutely necessary," she said.
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The trends are troubling, Hicks said, as the war against bacterial infections is getting harder to fight. Increased antibiotic usage is associated with growing resistance to the drugs, she said.
"When people think about antibiotic resistance, they think it's their body being resistant," Hicks said. "They don't realize that the actual number of microbes or bacterial cells in the body outnumber the human [cells]."
The bacteria are changing so rapidly -- some replicate every 40 minutes -- that they continually evolve, making them better able to resist antibiotics to which they've been exposed, Hicks said.
That leaves an increasing number of people virtually defenseless against infections that once were relatively easy to resolve. And scientists estimate that 50 percent of prescriptions for antibiotics may be unnecessary.
"There are infections out there that have become almost impossible to treat," Hicks said. "We really are on the verge of going down a path where there may be nothing that works. Now we're seeing young, healthy people getting these highly resistant infections requiring hospitalization where in the past a simple oral antibiotic would have taken care of it."
The CDC is trying to help solve the problem of antibiotic drug resistance by increasing public awareness and educating physicians about the most effective way to prescribe antibiotics, said Hicks, who is director of the agency's Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work program.
In the latest research, the scientists tapped into a database that included more than 70 percent of the nation's prescriptions in 2010. Drawing from prescriptions and census information, they calculated prescribing rates for outpatient oral antibiotics.
"The database is like a [national] census of antibiotic use," and the information was obtained from all pharmacies and drug makers nationwide, Hicks said.
Many people think antibiotics are harmless, but side effects and allergies to the medications are actually one of the most common reasons people go to the emergency room, she said.
"You can get anything ranging from an itchy rash to diarrhea, a torn Achilles tendon from taking a fluoroquinolone like Bactrim, an anaphylactic reaction (an immune system reaction that causes shock) or toxic epidermal necrolysis (a life-threatening skin condition)," Hicks said.
"Antibiotic overuse among children and ...
www.shevlinsmith.com, 15 Nov 2013 [cached]
"Antibiotic overuse among children and adults is a serious problem and a threat to everyone's health" said study co-author Dr. Lauri Hicks, a medical epidemiologist at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the University of California, San Francisco.
Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work | Archive | From the Experts | OTCsafety
otcsafety.com, 26 July 2012 [cached]
Posted July 26, 2012 featuring Lauri Hicks, DO
Lauri Hicks, DO
Medical Director, CDC
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Lauri Hicks, DO is a medical epidemiologist in the Respiratory Diseases Branch (RDB), National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In 2008, she became the medical director for the "Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work" program, which aims to educate healthcare providers and the public about appropriate antibiotic use.
"Antibiotic use, appropriate or ...
www.galderma.com, 17 Nov 2014 [cached]
"Antibiotic use, appropriate or otherwise, in any specialty contributes to the development of antibiotic resistance," said CDC's Lauri Hicks, DO, Medical Director, Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work.
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