Accounting for variation in and overuse of antibiotics among humans

  title={Accounting for variation in and overuse of antibiotics among humans},
  author={Martin J. Blaser and Melissa K. Melby and Margaret M. Lock and Mark Nichter},
Worldwide, antibiotic use is increasing, but many infections against which antibiotics are applied are not even caused by bacteria. Over‐the‐counter and internet sales preclude physician oversight. Regional differences, between and within countries highlight many potential factors influencing antibiotic use. Taking a systems perspective that considers pharmaceutical commodity chains, we examine antibiotic overuse from the vantage point of both sides of the therapeutic relationship. We examine… 
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