14 Antibiotic trap tightens
In 2014, when WHO warned that resistance to antibiotics is spreading as a major public health threat, the Centre introduced a policy to restrict the sale of antibiotics to curb the growing resistance. The move seemed impractical in the Indian setting where there are no checks on over-thecounter sale of antibiotics. We spoke to experts in "Fatal resistance" (October 16-31, 2011) and offered ways to curtail the irrational use of drugs. While the government is yet to act on any of the suggestions, in 2014, our correspondents, along with Centre for Science and Environment researchers, found that poultry meat could be churning out robust microbes that could render all antibiotics ineffective ("Hatching superbugs", August 1-15, 2014).