Seven ways to preserve the miracle of antibiotics

Clin Infect Dis. 2013 May;56(10):1445-50. doi: 10.1093/cid/cit070. Epub 2013 Feb 12.


Antibiotic resistance is a well-acknowledged crisis with no clearly defined comprehensive, national corrective plan. We propose a number of interventions that, collectively, could make a large difference. These include collection of data to inform decisions, efforts to reduce antibiotic abuse in people and animals, great emphasis on antibiotic stewardship, performance incentives, optimal use of newer diagnostics, better support for clinical and basic resistance-related research, and novel methods to foster new antibiotic development.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Animals, Domestic
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / administration & dosage*
  • Bacterial Infections / drug therapy
  • Bacterial Infections / microbiology
  • Bacterial Infections / veterinary
  • Cross Infection / drug therapy
  • Cross Infection / microbiology
  • Drug Resistance, Microbial*
  • European Union
  • Humans
  • Molecular Diagnostic Techniques
  • Salvage Therapy
  • United States


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents