Annual amnesty for unused antibiotics to tackle drug-resistant bugs

White House Wednesday

NPA urges members to be Antibiotic Guardians as awareness weeks gets underway

Antibiotic Awareness Week, which starts November 13 and ends November 19., is a chance to inform people about the proper use of antibiotics.

Staff and students are invited to drop off any unwanted antibiotics at the stands on each of the days, with the drugs disposed of by the HPRU in Healthcare Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance team.

Antibiotic Resistance Breakers is a novel technology that rejuvenates existing antibiotics into long-term effective combination therapies.

Many countries have already taken action to reduce the use of antibiotics in food-producing animals.

According to the CDC, 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics every year and at least 23,000 people die as a direct result of these infections.

Good management of antibiotics in hospitals could reduce the number of drug-resistant diseases affecting patients.

- They are used to treat sick animals, but also on healthy animals to stop them getting sick and to speed up their growth.

"A lack of effective antibiotics is as serious a security threat as a sudden and deadly disease outbreak", says Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO.

Governments and their citizens must take responsibility when it comes to the use of antibiotics.

Suzanne Dougherty, executive vice president of the American Association of Avian Pathologists, noted that most of the antibiotics used in poultry are ionophores, which are not considered by FDA or World Health Organization to be medically important to humans.

"The need for antibiotic use can further be reduced by ensuring that all vaccinations are up to date".

"As the Medicare-funded Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization for Virginia, we are assisting clinicians across the state as they implement antibiotic stewardship programs in their facilities", added Donald A. Glozer, MHA, FACHE, President and CEO of Health Quality Innovators. "Not only that, by using antibiotic treatment unnecessarily, other bacteria in the environment as well as the "healthy" bacteria in the body gets the opportunity to develop resistance due to exposure, which can potentially cause antibiotic resistant infections later on", says Dr Paul Soko executive head of clinical services and quality at Life Healthcare Group Antibiotic-resistant infections are complex and hard to treat. "But it's important for physicians to correctly prescribe and educate patients about antibiotics to help themselves, people they care about, and the future of medicine". The Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance has been developed and was endorsed by all countries to address this threat by involving various sectors, such as the agriculture, public health, environmental and other relevant sectors.

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