THE EU Council of Ministers, (health), has adopted formal guidelines on the prudent use of antibiotics and other anti-microbial agents in human medicine, to contain the spread of resistance in viruses and bacteria to these pharmaceuticals.

This non-binding Recommendation asks national governments to provide public information on the subject, to use a precautionary 'by prescription only' approach, to carry out more research and to improve monitoring of consumption of these drugs.

It urges Member States to draw up action plans to ...

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