Antibiotic awareness week celebrated

Antibiotic awareness week celebrated

13-19, 2017, the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners will reach out to the general public, health professionals, governments, farmers, veterinarians, the food and feed industry and others via a social media campaign using infographics, quizzes and success stories to raise awareness of the need to act on antibiotic resistance and what kinds of steps we can take. The most important antimicrobials are antibiotics, which treat bacterial infections.

Antibiotic Resistance Breakers is a novel technology that rejuvenates existing antibiotics into long-term effective combination therapies.

Highlighting the importance of commitment at the local level, the National Steering Committee for Antibiotic Resistance, FAO and WHO co-organized the Antibiotic Awareness Week kickoff event in Vinh Phuc province on 13 November 2017.

"Action to manage antibiotic use and control AMR in one sector must go hand-in-hand with enforcement of regulations in and collaboration with other sectors".

- Tyson Foods Inc, the largest chicken processor in the USA, has stopped using antibiotics to produce its retail line of chicken.

United Kingdom based pharma company, Helperby Therapeutics has developed Antibiotic Resistance Breakers (ARBs) as a solution to the present danger of antimicrobial resistance. They should only be used for bacterial infections that the body's own immune response can not fight, and only when a doctor prescribes them.

Suzanne Dougherty, executive vice president of the American Association of Avian Pathologists, noted that most of the antibiotics used in poultry are ionophores, which are not considered by FDA or World Health Organization to be medically important to humans.

Alternative options to using antibiotics for disease prevention in animals include improving hygiene, better use of vaccination, and changes in animal housing and husbandry practices.

According to Allen County Public Health, at least 2 million people will get infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria each year.

A systematic review published last week in The Lancet Planetary Health found that interventions that restrict antibiotic use in food-producing animals reduced antibiotic-resistant bacteria in these animals by up to 39 per cent.

"Stewardship programmes only work when everyone is on the same page".

Coates said very few companies are developing new antibiotics to combat AMR, citing financial and technical limitations. "But it's important for physicians to correctly prescribe and educate patients about antibiotics to help themselves, people they care about, and the future of medicine".

You can read about the Antimicrobial Resistance Action Plan at New Zealand Antimicrobial Resistance Action Plan.