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Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Review on Antimicrobial Resistance publishes its first paper on December 11, 2014

Contributed by: Dr. Akilesh Ramasamy & Dr. Tamhankar
Jim O’Neill was commissioned by The UK Prime Minister, The Rt Hon David Cameron MP, in July 2014 to chair this review on antimicrobial resistance. Jim O'Neill's task is to create a global consensus on antibiotics by 2016. (Read interview)

The first white paper on this attempt has been published on December 11, 2014.
"Drug-resistant infections already kill hundreds of thousands a year globally, and by 2050 that figure could be more than 10 million. The economic cost will also be significant, with the world economy being hit by up to $100 trillion by 2050 if we do not take action.” - Jim O’Neill, Chairman of the Review on AMR.
Any use of antimicrobials including conservative and appropriate prescriptions contribute to development of resistance but inappropriate use makes it worse! Antibiotic resistance claims nearly 500000 lives in USA and Canada alone. The situation may be worse in other parts of the world!

Issues contributing to global antimicrobial resistance include:-

  • Over the counter availability of these antibiotics. Read More
  • Irrational use of antimicrobials. Read More
  • Use of antimicrobials in farm feeds
  • Substandard and counterfeit antimicrobials
  • Intercontinental travel today creates new opportunities for antimicrobial-resistant pathogens to be spread globally.
No country can therefore successfully tackle AMR by acting in isolation.

Source: White paper on AMR