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Title: 'Antibiotic footprint' as a communication tool to aid reduction of antibiotic consumption
Authors: Direk Limmathurotsakul
Jonathan A.T. Sandoe
David C. Barrett
Michael Corley
Li Yang Hsu
Marc Mendelson
Peter Collignon
Ramanan Laxminarayan
Sharon J. Peacock
Philip Howard
National University Health System
University of Cambridge
University of Oxford
University of Bristol
Canberra Hospital
Mahidol University
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Australian National University
Princeton University
University of Cape Town
Center for Disease Dynamics
National Centre for Infectious Diseases
International Society for Infectious Diseases
British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
Keywords: Medicine
Issue Date: 1-Aug-2019
Citation: The Journal of antimicrobial chemotherapy. Vol.74, No.8 (2019), 2122-2127
Abstract: © The Author(s) 2019. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. 'Superbugs', bacteria that have become resistant to antibiotics, have been in numerous media headlines, raising awareness of antibiotic resistance and leading to multiple action plans from policymakers worldwide. However, many commonly used terms, such as 'the war against superbugs', risk misleading people to request 'new' or 'stronger' antibiotics from their doctors, veterinary surgeons or pharmacists, rather than addressing a fundamental issue: the misuse and overuse of antibiotics in humans and animals. Simple measures of antibiotic consumption are needed for mass communication. In this article, we describe the concept of the 'antibiotic footprint' as a tool to communicate to the public the magnitude of antibiotic use in humans, animals and industry, and how it could support the reduction of overuse and misuse of antibiotics worldwide. We propose that people need to make appropriate changes in behaviour that reduce their direct and indirect consumption of antibiotics.
ISSN: 14602091
Appears in Collections:Scopus 2019

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