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Government Policies To Reduce Antibiotic Use Need More Evaluation, Researchers Say

CIDRAP News: Experts: Policies to cut antibiotic use need more scrutiny
“Government policies designed to reduce the use of antimicrobial drugs need more rigorous evaluation so that the lessons they offer can be better understood and used, say researchers who reviewed studies on a wide range of policies tried out in many countries around the world. The researchers found 69 studies that described 17 different kinds of policies used by governments to limit antimicrobial use in the name of preserving the drugs’ effectiveness, according to their report, published [Tuesday] in PLOS Medicine. But few of the studies used rigorous enough methods to confidently assess the policies’ effectiveness, the authors said…” (Roos, 6/12).