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Urgent steps to tackle antibiotic resistance are needed despite government review, say MPs

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g4472 (Published 07 July 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4472
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

MPs have called for urgent action to tackle the growing problem of antibiotic resistance despite recent promises of a large review announced by the government.

A new report by MPs on the House of Commons science and technology committee has described the problem of growing resistance to antibiotics in the United Kingdom and worldwide as “one of the greatest risks to modern medicine faced by this generation.”1

The report, published on 7 July, said, “For too long, antibiotics have been used as if they were a bottomless pit of cure-all miracle treatments.” However, antibiotics were ineffective against viruses and other diseases that are not caused by bacteria, it warned, adding that their …

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