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10 facts on antimicrobial resistance

A woman receives a refill for her antiretroviral prescriptions, Kenya
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Inappropriate use of medicines worsens drug resistance

Inappropriate use of antimicrobials drives the development of drug resistance. Both overuse, underuse and misuse of medicines contribute to the problem. Ensuring that patients are informed about the need to take the right dosage of the right antimicrobial requires action from prescribers, pharmacists and dispensers, pharmaceutical industry, the public and patients, as well as the policy makers.

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