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Overcoming resistance

Research is needed to curb overuse of antibiotics, especially in hospitals, says Martin Llewelyn.

Antibiotic resistance is one of the greatest challenges facing the world. In 2017, Public Health England estimated that, on its current trajectory, by 2050 resistance could cause 10 million deaths and cost £66 trillion worldwide each year.

The UK government’s five-year action plan and 20-year vision to contain and control antimicrobial resistance in the UK by 2040, launched in January, is a timely reminder of the global nature of the threat and the need for coordinated action.

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