The WHO AWaRe (Access, Watch, Reserve) antibiotic book

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The WHO AWaRe antibiotic book
Book cover
PublisherWorld Health Organization

The WHO AWaRe (Access, Watch, Reserve) antibiotic book (2022) is guidance by the World Health Organization on how to choose an antibiotic.[1] It covers common infections in both children and adults, in both primary care and hospital settings.[1] How to administer the antibiotic, doses, and duration are also included.[1] It also contains instruction on how to provide relief of symptoms without prescribing antibiotics.[1]

The book is an aid to the WHO Model List of Essential Medicines, Essential Medicines for Children, and WHO AWaRe classification of antibiotics.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Zanichelli, Veronica; Sharland, Michael; Cappello, Bernadette; Moja, Lorenzo; Getahun, Haileyesus; Pessoa-Silva, Carmem; Sati, Hatim; van Weezenbeek, Catharina; Balkhy, Hanan; Simão, Mariângela; Gandra, Sumanth; Huttner, Benedikt (1 April 2023). "The WHO AWaRe (Access, Watch, Reserve) antibiotic book and prevention of antimicrobial resistance". Bulletin of the World Health Organization. 101 (4): 290–296. doi:10.2471/BLT.22.288614. ISSN 0042-9686. Archived from the original on 7 May 2023. Retrieved 17 November 2023.

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