by Dr. Uwe Peters

The increase in resistant bacteria due to the often improper use of antibiotics in humans has become a global problem. Development of new active agents alone does not provide a satisfactory solution. In an overall concept to reduce antibiotic resistance, phytopharmaceuticals as well as microbiological drugs can make a substantial contribution. To illustrate this, this positional paper presents examples from both therapeutic areas mentioned and pleads to include them in the discussion about strategies for working against antibiotic resistance. This is vital in health policies as well as on a scientific level and should be integrated in both through appropriate research programs.

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