All set for antibiotics awareness week

WHO urges farmers to put a curb on antibiotics use in farm animals

All set for antibiotics awareness week

"Resistance arises to all antibiotics within a few years after market entry", said chief scientific officer Anthony Coates.

The National Chicken Council also took issue with the World Health Organization news release - particularly the claim that "80% of total consumption of medically important antibiotics is in the animal sector, largely for growth promotion in healthy animals", which an NCC spokesperson called "grossly inflated".

"Stronger policies and high level commitment alone are not enough to stop the misuse and overuse of antibiotics", said Vice-Minister of Health, Dr Nguyen Viet Tien, Chair of the National Steering Committee for Antibiotic Resistance in Viet Nam.

"People should purchase antibiotics from organisations that have complied with the law to supply antibiotics", he said.

- There have been reports of genes resistant to the antibiotic colistin in pigs in China.

This week is World Antibiotic Awareness Week, a global event organised by the World Health Organisation.

The WHO Guidelines on Use of Medically Important Antimicrobials in Food-producing Animals, the title of the document, consists of four broad recommendations and two best practice statements, with each one set out in detail and justified.

Instead, AVMA supports selecting "the right antibiotic, administered in the right way, to the right patient" as "the best way to protect the health of our animal patients and that of the public".

Later in October, an AMR surveillance working group was founded to improve collaboration among stakeholders working in AMR surveillance in human and animal health, communities and the environment. For example, since 2006, the European Union has banned the use of antibiotics for growth promotion. People can hand in their unused or out of date antibiotics at any of the Trust's Lloyds outpatient pharmacies based at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, Charing Cross Hospital in Hammersmith and Hammersmith Hospital in Acton, until Wednesday 1 December.

Hilary Graham-Smith of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation says nurses are in the frontline of helping patients around proper use of antibiotics.

As part of the awareness week Dr Enrique Castro-Sanchez, Lead Research Nurse at HRPU, will be taking part in a live Twitter chat at 3pm GMT on Tuesday 14 November through Infectious Disease Hub. Some nurses are prescribers now and more will come.

Antibiotic resistance is a growing problem around the world, threatening global health and food security.

"We are misusing antibiotics by using them when it is not needed (for the common cold or viral infection), not completing the prescribed dose and using them to promote growth and productivity in agriculture", Stegelmeier said.

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