> only used for a period of time brief enough that it's unlikely bacteria will develop resistance
as opposed to the current scheme of continuing to use until anti-biotic resistance is pervasive.
Remove the anti-biotic from the environment and there won't be a selection for resistance (instead there will be a selection for the replacment), but before there's selection for the second, rotate in a third, rinse, lather and repeat.
But above all, usage of anti-biotics should be minimized to:
- people who are genuinely ill (prescribed and monitored by a doctor, w/ a rigorous lecture on the importance of completing the entire regimen)
- small dosage uses with a genuine payoff in societal terms (preventing cavities is the only one coming to mind)
- animals who are genuinely ill and a veterinarian deems worth saving