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Civil Society

No more silo thinking: Reducing pharmaceuticals in the environment and AMR

EPHA, 14 March 2018

On 30 January, EPHA, Changing Markets Foundation and the European Environmental Bureau organised an event at the European Parliament to discuss synergies between the available policies for tackling pharmaceuticals in the environment and AMR. Image credits
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Drivers of Irrational Use of Antibiotics in Europe

Health Action International, 05 April 2018

Health Action International has published a report about ‘Drivers of irrational use of antibiotics in Europe’. The paper specifically focuses on healthcare providers and the general public in Europe and looks at issues such as public awareness and knowledge of antibiotics, attitudes of healthcare professionals, education, and pharmaceutical promotion. The report also introduces initiatives that can help address current shortfalls.
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European & International Organisations

EU-JAMRAI first newsletter and launch of new website

The Joint Action on Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare-Associated Infections launches their new website and the first newsletter. Image credits
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AMR Experts Kick Off 2018 TATFAR Meeting

TATFAR, 07 and 08 March 2018

TATFAR organized a two-day meeting in Atlanta, convening to strengthen collaboration against growing AMR. The second day continued with panel sessions on current TATFAR work and the next years of implementation. Image credits
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International Media

Thousands of GPs warned to reduce antibiotics in fight against superbugs

The Telegraph, 06 April 2018

More than 8,000 family doctors have been warned they may be contributing to the rise of drug-resistant superbugs by prescribing too many antibiotics. Image credits
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Red pharmacy bags warn of antimicrobial resistance

The Pharmaceutical Journal, 03 April 2018

Pharmacy bags across Leeds will turn red as part of a campaign highlighting the dangers of AMR. The initiative is a part of the ‘Seriously Resistant’ campaign led by NHS Leeds and Leeds City Council. Image credits
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Ways to step up the fight against global antimicrobial resistance

The Guardian, 29 March 2018

Decision-makers must acknowledge the pivotal role that water, sanitation and hygiene play in preventing infection, writes WaterAid’s Margaret Batty. Meanwhile Matt Ball says moving to plant-based and clean meat is the best thing we can do to avoid pandemics of  superbugs (Letter). Image credits
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The fight against antibiotic resistance must not be confined to the rich world

The Guardian, 29 March 2018

A new report highlights the increase in both the use of antibiotics and access to them. Cheap, rapid tests to tell if an infection is caused by a virus or bacteria would be a huge prize for the developing world (Opinion). Image credit
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The true cost of antibiotic resistance in Britain and around the world

The Telegraph, 29 March 2018

Official figures suggest AMR claims the lives of 5,000 people a year in the UK, though experts have argued the real figure is at least double that. Getting global figures on the problem is difficult as well (estimated around 700,000 each year). Image credits
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Man has ‘world’s worst’ super-gonorrhea 

BBC, 28 March 2018

A man in the UK has caught the world's "worst-ever" case of super-gonorrhoea. Public Health England says it is the first time the infection cannot be cured with first choice antibiotics. Image credit
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Discovery of MRSA-busting antibiotic gives hope against resistant superbugs

The Guardian, 28 March 2018

The discovery of a new class of antibiotics that can wipe out persistent infections of the hospital superbug MRSA has raised fresh hopes for progress in the fight against AMR. Image credit
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Calls to rein in antibiotic use after study shows 65% increase worldwide

The Guardian, 26 March 2018

A dramatic rise in global antibiotic consumption has led public health experts to call for strategies and for investments to provide clean water, sanitation and vaccines in countries where infectious diseases are rife. Image credit
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Non-antibiotic drugs promote antibiotic resistance 

The Economist, 19 March 2018

The widespread use of antibiotics encourages the pathogens they are directed against to become inured to their effects. But antibiotics cause damage to non-target species as well, so these, too, tend to evolve immunity. Image credit
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National Media

Worries over increasing antibiotics shortages in Netherlands

Nu.nl (Netherlands), 05 April 2018

The Dutch Medicines Evaluation Board is ringing the alarm bells in response to increasing shortages of narrow-spectrum antibiotics. The reasons for the shortages are varied, including shortages in raw materials and less interest of pharma companies. Image credit
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Antibiotic resistance can be more fatal than cancer

Svenska Dagbladet (Sweden), 05 April 2018

In light of increased smuggling and a growing black market for antibiotics, Swedish MEP Fredrick Federley (ALDE) wants to put pressure on Member states before the final negotiations on the EU's antibiotic strategy. Image credit
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Romania in sixth position globally for antibiotic consumption (per 1,000 inhabitants)

Adevarul (Romania), 02 April 2018

Between 2000 and 2015, antibiotic consumption in the country has risen by 65%. Prof. Alexandru Rafila argues that consumption needs to be limited to what is strictly necessary. Moreover, thorough patient screening procedures need to be in place. Image credit
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New research collaboration on AMR

Digi24.ro (Romania), 02 April 2018

Over the next 2.5 years, more than 60 researchers from across Romania will look for solutions to reduce AMR prevalence and the time needed to identify resistant bacteria in various environments.
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Belgians still taking too many antibiotics

De Tijd (Belgium), 27 March 2018

According to EAAD founder Professor Herman Goossens, while consumption was halved in Belgium between 2000 and 2007, trends have reversed and Belgians are among the world's top users of antibiotics. Image credit
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The reason why antibiotics run out (and physicians have to fall back on stronger ones)

De Volkskrant (Netherlands), 21 March 2018

Physicians increasingly prescribe stronger antibiotics, because less severe medicines are not available. Why? Producers do not earn enough with these on the Dutch market. Image credit
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Calculating against resistant pathogens

MDR (Germany), 19 March 2018

With the help of big data scientists in Berlin can now calculate, when resistances occur. This could save a lot of lifes. Image credit
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Multiresistant pathogens discovered in all waters in Frankfurt

Frankfurter Allgemeine (Germany), 15 March 2018

Whether river, stream or lake: There is no water in Frankfurt that is suitable for swimming. Antimicrobial resistance is everywhere. Image credit
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Spain launches study on causes of antibiotic resistance

Consalud.es (Spain), 14 March 2018

The Spanish medicines agency and Spanish society of community pharmacists are researching the perception of patients and pharmacists about AMR. The results will be presented as part of a new online platform. Image credit
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Diseases that can be acquired at hospital

Le Soir (Belgium), 12 March 2018

Although hygiene measures in Belgian hospitals are becoming more draconian, overconsumption of antibiotic drugs represents an obstacle to tackling hospital-associated infections. Image credit

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