We hypothesized that the large global variations in the prevalence of macrolide resistance in Treponema pallidum are related to differences in population-level macrolide consumption. The hypothesis was tested by, at a country-level, regressing the peak prevalence of macrolide resistance against the national macrolide consumption in the year prior to this, controlling for the year of the resistance prevalence estimate. A strong association was found between the per capita consumption of macrolides and macrolide resistance (coefficient 0.7, 95 % confidence interval 0.2-0.12, P=0.009).
- Drug Resistance, Bacterial
- Global Health
- Linear Models
- Macrolides/administration & dosage
- Treponema pallidum/drug effects