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Antibiotic Resistance: Focusing on Patients, Pharmacists

KEY POINT

As clinicians struggle to maintain effectiveness of antibiotics for serious pathogens, a variety of social, cultural, and economic factors are compromising care. Two recently published articles review such problems as evidenced among patients and pharmacists.

SOURCES

Avorn J, Solomon DH. Cultural and economic factors that (mis)shape antibiotic use: the nonpharmacologic basis of therapeutics. Ann Intern Med. 2000;133:128–35.

Isturiz RE, Carbon C. Antibiotic use in developing countries. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2000;21:394–7.

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