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Understanding antibiotic resistance
Understanding antibiotic resistance

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5 Making existing antibiotics more effective

Given the challenges in bringing new antibiotics to the market, it makes sense to make existing antibiotics work again. It may also be cheaper and quicker. For example, simply using a combination of three antibiotics can overcome resistance, even if each drug is no longer effective when used on its own (Graham, 2016).

In this section, you will look at other ways in which antibiotics can be made more effective.