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Contributors JLH drafted the editorial, JATS and BDP redrafted and edited the manuscript.
Competing interests Conflicts of interest for the last 2 years: Support for conference attendance: Abbott, Eumedica, Novartis; Honoraria for lecturing: Astellas, Novartis, Pfizer; Advisor board: Cubicin; Research income: none. JATs and BDP were members of the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy Working Party that developed the guidelines 7.
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