[ Diretor: Mário Frota [ Coordenador Editorial: José Carlos Fernandes Pereira [ Fundado em 30-11-1999 [ Edição III [ Ano XII

quinta-feira, 29 de junho de 2017

Commission seeks ‘measurable goals’ in new antimicrobial resistance plan

EPHA: "While developing indicators is obviously a positive thing, 'measurable goals' could mean many things."

The Commission adopted  a new plan against rising threats from AMR on Thursday (29 June)

According to EU Health and Food Safety Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis, all the relevant stakeholders should be involved in the fight against antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and not only doctors.

On an EU level, 25,000 people die each year from an infection due to antibiotic-resistant bacteria. A Eurobarometer survey published in 2016 found a 6% decrease in consumption of antibiotics in the last years even though some countries are still showing an increase in their consumption [See background].

Antimicrobial resistance ‘high on political agenda’, EU claims

The European Commission is determined to further strengthen its antimicrobial resistance action for the period beyond 2016, an EU official has told EURACTIV.com, dismissing allegations that the EU executive lacks the political will to do so.

Based on the “One Health” principle, meaning that human and animal health is tightly connected to each other as diseases are transmitted from humans to animals and vice versa, the European Commission believes that the new plan will help member states address this critical situation in a more coordinated way.

Measurable goals

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