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Antibiotic resistance

Antibiotics are important medicines. They help fight infections that are caused by bacteria. Antibiotic resistance (when an antibiotic is no longer effective) is now a major cause of concern and these pages will provide a useful guide to the whole subject. The Department is running an awareness campaign to encourage more prudent use of antibiotics.

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Health Protection Agency

Pages on antibiotic and antimicrobial resistance on the HPA website

Specialist advisory committee on antimicrobial resistance (SACAR)

New advisory committee

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