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Letters Awareness about antibiotics

European Antibiotic Awareness Day and access to antibiotics

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 19 November 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7819
  1. Nicholas M Brown, president1,
  2. Laura J V Piddock, chair in public engagement1,
  3. Matthew S Dryden, general secretary1
  4. On behalf of the council of the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
  1. 1British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, Birmingham B1 3NJ, UK
  1. nicholas.brown{at}

The fifth annual European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD) was on 18 November 2012.1 It aimed to promote knowledge about appropriate use of antibiotics and reduce the emergence of drug resistance and other “collateral damage” as a result of antibiotic exposure.2 Prudent antibiotic use is emphasised within the recent Department of Health antibiotic stewardship strategy.3

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