n South African Medical Journal - Surveillance alone plays a key role in curbing the overuse of antimicrobials : the major role of antibiotic stewardship : editorial

Volume 103, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



Multidrug-resistant organisms are a growing problem in every facet of medicine globally. With the need to address this ever-increasing threat comes a need for new drugs and new interventions. Infections caused by multidrug-resistant organisms have resulted in high mortality and morbidity all over the world. This is because there are few, if any, pharmaceutical and antimicrobial options to treat them. The pipeline is running dry, and a 'nil-antibiotic' era is approaching. It's a scary thought - no effective antimicrobial agent available anywhere in the world.

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