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The international and national challenges faced in ensuring prudent use of antibiotics 

The international and national challenges faced in ensuring prudent use of antibiotics
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The international and national challenges faced in ensuring prudent use of antibiotics
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Susan Hopkins

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10.1093/med/9780198758792.003.0001
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date: 21 November 2017

In April 2014, the World Health Organization reinforced that without urgent coordinated action by most stakeholders the world is headed for a post-antibiotic era in which common infections and minor injuries, which have been treatable for decades, could kill once again. With the rise in the number of infections due to antibiotic-resistant bacteria and the lack of development of new antibiotics, antimicrobial resistance is a major clinical and public health issue that society needs to tackle. This chapter focuses on the challenges of drug resistance and antimicrobial development together with how healthcare organizations can address this threat. A number of initiatives are discussed, including how prescribers and the public need to ensure that antimicrobials are used widely to prevent any collateral damage.

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