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G7 health ministers together against antibiotic resistance

Staff writer |
Concluding their two-day conference in Berlin, health ministers from G7 nations said in the future antibiotics should only be prescribed for therapeutic purposes and after individual diagnosis.

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They added that the drugs should be require prescriptions for humans as well as animals.

Antibiotic resistance could lead to a "creeping but dramatic development," German Health Minister Hermann Gröhe said. "We want to counteract that."

The ministers declared that new antibiotics and diagnostic tools were urgently needed. The ministers of the seven leading industrial nations - Britain, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Japan and the United States - agreed on establishing a global network of antibiotic experts.

They also want more harmonization in for new drugs' regulatory procedures and conditions for market entry. This, they said would make new antibiotics available sooner.

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