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THE European Commission (EC) last week unveiled a five-year, 12-point action plan to deal with the increasing problem of antimicrobial resistance.
The launch was planned to coincide with European Antibiotic Awareness Day, held annually on November 18.
‘With about 25,000 patients dying per year in the EU from infections caused by drug-resistant bacteria and related costs of over €1.5 billion in healthcare expenses and productivity losses, antimicrobial resistance is a growing health problem in the EU,’ the Commission said. It also drew attention to EU-wide data published recently by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control that had shown that resistance to last-line antibiotics, including those used to treat pathogens that frequently cause pneumonia and urinary tract infections in hospitals, was increasing.
The 12 ‘concrete actions’, to be implemented in close cooperation with EU member states, cover seven areas in which the EC considers measures to be most necessary. The seven areas are:
■ Making sure antimicrobials are used appropriately both in humans and animals;
■ Preventing microbial infections and their spread;
■ Developing new effective …
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