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System-Wide Change Critical In Efforts Against Antibiotic Drug Resistance

Project Syndicate: A Fair Fight Against Antimicrobial Resistance
Gerald Bloom, physician and health economist at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex

“…Meeting the challenge of drug-resistant microbes will be difficult. … Implementing a system-wide change in the use of antibiotics will require the creation of national and global coalitions. One core aim must be to establish basic standards of conduct for health workers and drug companies that reflect the needs of patients and communities. Governments will need to build their capacity to play an effective role in this process, and companies that develop, produce, and distribute drugs and diagnostic technologies will have to contribute actively to the search for collaborative solutions. Only if we manage antibiotics in a fair and sustainable way will we be able to benefit from them at all” (4/1).

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