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Drugmakers aim to curb release of antibiotic waste into the environment

New guidelines put forth by a pharmaceutical coalition aim to limit the overexposure to antibiotics that increases resistance – a problem costing a million lives a year across the globe.

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A coalition of drugmakers is introducing new standards aimed at curbing the release of antibiotic waste into the environment amid growing concerns over drug resistance that’s been linked to more than a million annual deaths globally.

The guidelines will help ensure antibiotics are made responsibly, minimizing environmental risks, the AMR Industry Alliance said Tuesday in a statement. The group also plans to launch a certification program next spring that will allow manufacturers to show requirements have been met through independent evaluation, initially by UK-based BSI Standards Limited.

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