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Efforts to limit antimicrobial resistance are threatened by lack of evidenced control policies, review warns

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h6222 (Published 19 November 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6222
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

A lack of evidence for policies designed to limit the spread of antimicrobial resistance is threatening efforts to solve the growing problem, a review published in the Lancet has found.1

The review’s authors, led by David Heymann, chair of the UK Health Protection Agency and head of the Centre on Global Health Security at Chatham House in London, analysed the evidence base for policy interventions designed to combat antimicrobial resistance in high and low income countries and across the human and animal health sectors.

They focused on three strategies: approaches designed to increase responsible use of antimicrobial agents by reducing public demand and supply by prescribers and dispensers; efforts to …

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