Securing the future supply of effective antibiotics

Securing the future supply of effective antibiotics

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Antimicrobials are a category of medicines used to prevent and treat infections in humans, animals and plants. They include antibiotics, antivirals, antifungals and antiparasitics.1

Antibiotics are the cornerstone of modern medicine. Not only are they pivotal in the treatment of common infections, but they are also essential to supporting therapies for many routine healthcare procedures and treatments – including major surgery (such as hip replacement, transplants), caesarean sections and chemotherapy.2

Without urgent action, antimicrobial resistance (AMR) could end modern medicine as we know it.



1. World Health Organization (2021). ‘Antimicrobial Resistance’.
Available at:
detail/antimicrobial-resistance. [Accessed: July 2023].

2. ReAct (2020). ‘Successful cancer treatment relies on effective
antibiotics’. Available at:
web.pdf. [Accessed: July 2023].

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Last modified: 22 January 2024

Last reviewed: 22 January 2024