What are anti-infectives?
Anti-infectives is a general term used to describe any medicine that is capable of inhibiting the spread of an infectious organism or by killing the infectious organism outright.
This term encompasses antibiotics, antifungals, anthelmintics, antimalarials, antiprotozoals, antituberculosis agents, and antivirals.
Why are anti-infectives so important?
Anti-infectives have revolutionized healthcare and are now critical in curing and even helping to prevent many kinds of infection. Treat minor infections and most often cure many serious infectious diseases, like pneumonia or tuberculosis Perform routine procedures and complex surgery, such as cesarean sections or joint replacements, which carry a risk of serious infection Give vital immuno-suppressive treatments, like chemotherapy, to people with cancer Alarmingly, many anti-infectives are losing their effectiveness due to antimicrobial resistance (AMR).
What causes infection?
Infectious diseases continue to be one of the biggest global public health concerns.