Use antimicrobials wisely


The effectiveness of antibiotics has been waning since they were introduced into modern medicine more than 70 years ago. Today, our inability to treat infections ranks alongside climate change as a global threat. New classes of antimicrobial drugs are unlikely to become widely available any time soon1; if and when they do, bacteria, viruses and other microbes will again evolve resistance3. In any case, waging war on microbes is not tenable — our bodies and planet depend on them. We provide a commentary on this.

Publication Type
Journal Article
Peter S. Jørgensen
Didier Wernli, University of Geneva
Scott P. Carroll
Robert R. Dunn
Stephan Harbarth
Anthony D. So
Maja Schlüter, Stockholm Resilience Centre
Ramanan Laxminarayan, Center for Disease Dynamics Economics & Policy

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