Ensuring access to working antimicrobials – Parliament [UK] Commons Select Committee [Science and Technology] – 7 July 2014

Posted on July 11, 2014. Filed under: Infectious Diseases, Pharmacy | Tags: , |

Ensuring access to working antimicrobials – Parliament [UK] Commons Select Committee [Science and Technology] – 7 July 2014

Report

“Ministers must stop unnecessary use of antibiotics in healthcare and farming

The Government’s announcement of a review of the economics of antimicrobial research is a welcome step in addressing one aspect of antimicrobial resistance. However, current practice across both health and veterinary services is failing to prevent the inappropriate prescription of antibiotics. The Government needs to set clear responsibilities at all levels of the NHS and veterinary medicine to achieve better stewardship of the antimicrobial drugs vital in modern medicine, the Science and Technology Committee has warned.”

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GRASP: The Gonococcal Resistance to Antimicrobials Surveillance Programme – Health Protection Agency – 26 February 2013

Posted on February 28, 2013. Filed under: Infectious Diseases | Tags: , , |

GRASP: The Gonococcal Resistance to Antimicrobials Surveillance Programme – Health Protection Agency – 26 February 2013

“The first Gonorrhoea Resistance Action Plan for England and Wales is published today, recommending a heightened national response to combat this serious threat. The Action Plan was developed by the Gonococcal Resistance to Antimicrobials Surveillance Programme (GRASP), established by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) to monitor the growing global problem of emerging resistance over the last decade in the absence of new therapeutic options.”

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Culture of Resistance: Australia’s response to the inappropriate use of antimicrobials – The Australia Institute – 15 February 2013

Posted on February 28, 2013. Filed under: Infectious Diseases | Tags: , , |

Culture of Resistance: Australia’s response to the inappropriate use of antimicrobials – The Australia Institute – 15 February 2013

“This paper looks at how Australian governments have responded to anti-microbial resistance (AMR) since the problem became evident in the 1980s.

Of particular importance in Australia’s response was the 1999 establishment of the Joint Expert Technical Advisory Committee on Antibiotic Resistance (JETACAR), which was set up to provide independent expert scientific advice on the threat posed by antibiotic-resistant bacteria to human health by the selective effect of agricultural use and medical overuse of antibiotics.

JETACAR report provided a ‘five point plan’ covering regulation, monitoring and surveillance, infection prevention, education and research – the basics of which were equally applicable to human and veterinary medicine.
The government generally accepted the recommendations of the report, stating that there was international concern about AMR and that Australia needed to respond with strategies that were “consistent with and complementary to global initiatives”.

Initially there appeared to be strong commitment to implementing the recommendations of the 1999 JETACAR report, but many initiatives failed to result in any comprehensive systematic response to the issue. Committees, taskforces and groups were set up but disbanded, strategies were developed but not implemented, pilot programs failed to be anything other than pilot programs; undertakings were not carried out.”

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