Major revision in antibiotics protocol in a 40-year-history: WHO


NewsMantra Bureau

The need to curb the antibiotic resistance has led the World Health Organization (WHO) to segregate the drugs into three categories – access, watch & reserve – the biggest yet revision in a 40-year history of the Essential Medicine List (EML).

The antibiotics that are used more often are under the ‘access’ category; the slightly more potent antibiotics fall under the ‘watch’ category and the ones used for complicated disease have been categorized under the ‘reserve’ category.

“The new WHO list should help health system planners and prescribed ensure that people who need antibiotics have access to them, and ensure they get the right one, so that the problem of resistance doesn’t get worse ,” said Dr. Suzanne Hill, Director of Essential Medicines and Health Products.

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