Let's Talk Antibiotics
Other telehealth services prescribe antibiotics based on symptoms alone. 50% of the time they will be wrong. Taking antibiotics unnecessarily is dangerous for your health, weakening your immune system and lowering the effectiveness of antibiotics for when you really need it.
We're not ANTI-antibiotics, we just understand the risks associated with the misdiagnosis of a UTI, and overprescription of antibiotics when not necessary.
In short, it's not good.
Think about antibiotic use like a cat with nine lives. There are only a limited number of times we can use a particular antibiotic to fight off a strain of bacteria before the bacteria is able to adapt to the drug and become resistant to it. When this happens, the once-effective antibiotic becomes powerless against future diseases caused by this bacteria.
A few key takeaways from the World Health Organization declaring antimicrobial resistance a global public health threat in 2014.
Such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, gonorrhea and food-borne diseases were becoming increasingly difficult to treat.
Physicians are forced to prescribe more toxic and more expensive antibiotics to the patient. Patients with resistant infections require significantly longer hospital stays, incur higher medical costs, and have a higher risk of long term disability.
Reported between 8% to 65% of E. coli associated with UTIs presented resistance to fluoroquinolones (a family of antibiotics) and ciprofloxacin (another type of antibiotic) globally.
Due to the acute onset of UTI symptoms, patients are often driven to seek care from non-traditional care settings where antibiotic overuse is widespread.
We believe leveraging proven diagnostic methods to improve UTI management decisions is fundamental to combating these trends.
We created the first and only FDA cleared over-the-counter at-home urinalysis test for the following reasons:
Urinalysis for leukocytes and nitrites is a convenient first practice for detection of UTI due to its cost effectiveness and quick turnaround time.
There hasn't been a reliable way for physicians to prescribe based on a patients' at-home test. By using sophisticated color metrics and computer vision to analyze the test, we turn what has historically been a "subjective" test into an "objective" one - enabling physicians to reliably use the results.