Drugs displayed in a Lebanese pharmacy (The Daily Star)
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The world is doing far too little to combat the misuse of antibiotics which is fuelling drug resistance and allowing long-treatable diseases to become killers, the World Health Organization said Wednesday.In its first ever analysis of how countries are responding to the problem of antimicrobial resistance -- when bugs become immune to existing drugs -- the U.N. health agency revealed "major gaps" in all six regions of the world. Only 34 of the 133 countries that took part in the survey had comprehensive national plans in place to fight resistance to antibiotics and other antimicrobial medicines, the report said.One major concern is that sales of antibiotics and other antimicrobial drugs without prescription remain widespread around the world.
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