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[Comment] Antibiotics: achieving the balance between access and excess

Hardly a week goes by without antimicrobial resistance being in the news. Increasing recognition that the problem has become a serious public health threat has prompted Presidents and Prime Ministers, together with global health leaders, to prioritise antibiotic resistance in their speeches and communiqués.1 The consequence has been a welcome surge of declarations, announcements, and campaigns. There is, for example, now a Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance.2 Antimicrobial resistance is at last fashionable.