The overuse of antibiotics is becoming a major threat to long term public health, according to the Irish Pharmacy Union.

The union says health services are experiencing an increase in antibiotic resistant infections, and have said this is largely being attributed to the overuse and misuse of antibiotics.

It says increased levels of resistance, coupled with the lack of new antibiotics coming on stream, means that there is a risk that we could return to the ‘pre-antibiotic era’ if this overuse is not addressed.

-Noah Harte