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].
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.