Antibiotics have always played an important role in the history and development of F.I.R.M.A, starting from the sulphur drugs which were the first anti-bacterial agents produced in the late 1950s.
An antibiotic is a substance produced by a microorganism capable of killing or inhibiting the proliferation of other microorganisms. The term "antibiotic", in common usage today, indicates a drug, of natural or synthetic origin, capable of slowing down or stopping the proliferation of bacteria. Antibiotics are therefore distinguished in bacteriostatic agents (i.e. they block the reproduction of the bacterium) and bactericides (i.e. they directly kill the microorganism).
Antibiotics are drugs that over the years have saved a huge number of lives thanks to their action, and still today they are a valuable resource and are used to treat a large number of bacterial infections (e.g. respiratory, urinary, cutaneous, etc.)
They have no effect against viruses.
Antibiotics should only be taken when prescribed by the physician, carefully following the indications received regarding the dosage and duration of treatment. This is to prevent the onset of bacterial resistance (meaning when the antibiotic is no longer able to counteract the bacterium) which would therefore make the use of the antibiotic ineffective.