Legal issues associated with antimicrobial drug resistance

Emerg Infect Dis. Apr-Jun 1998;4(2):169-77. doi: 10.3201/eid0402.980204.


An effective public health strategy against the development of antimicrobial drug resistance needs to be informed by legal as well as scientific analysis. This article describes some legal issues arising from current efforts against antimicrobial resistance and underscores the interdependence between law and public health in these efforts.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Infective Agents / therapeutic use
  • Biological Warfare
  • Communicable Disease Control / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Confidentiality
  • Disease Notification
  • Drug Resistance, Microbial*
  • Drug Utilization
  • Humans
  • Legislation, Drug*
  • Population Surveillance
  • Public Health / legislation & jurisprudence*


  • Anti-Infective Agents