WHO Ranks Antibiotics in a Bid to Counter Drug Resistance

June 8, 2017

(Reuters) – The World Health Organization published a new classification of antibiotics on Tuesday that aims to fight drug resistance, with penicillin-type drugs recommended as the first line of defense and others only for use when absolutely necessary. The new “essential medicines list” includes 39 antibiotics for 21 common syndromes, categorized into three groups: “Access”, “Watch” and “Reserve”.

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