Old drugs, new tricks: Rejuvenating existing antibiotics to combat AMR

WHO Releases Official Guidelines on Use of Antibiotics in Livestock

Dr Boyden said the World Health Organisation has warned antibiotic resistance is one of the greatest threats to human health today and is making it increasingly hard to treat bacterial infections. This, in turn, limits the arsenal of antibiotics that healthcare professionals are able to use to tackle disease effectively. Examples of misuse include taking antibiotics for viral infections like colds and flu, and using them as animal growth promoters on farms or in aquaculture. Using them in the correct way will help to slow down the development of antibiotic resistance and make sure these life-saving medicines continue to stay effective for ourselves our children and grandchildren. The 2017 posters have been published on this site for use around the world as a campaign resource. Antibiotic Awareness Week is an annual one-week observance to raise awareness of the threat of antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic prescribing and use.

In a call to curb the irrational use of antibiotics, Minister for Health Saira Afzal termed AMR containment as a major priority area in the national public health agenda.

"Antibiotic resistance is a global crisis that we can not ignore", says Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of WHO.

United Kingdom based pharma company, Helperby Therapeutics has developed Antibiotic Resistance Breakers (ARBs) as a solution to the present danger of antimicrobial resistance.

Antimicrobial resistance is the ability of a microorganism (like bacteria, viruses, and some parasites) to stop an antimicrobial (such as antibiotics, antivirals, and antimalarials ) from working against it.

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Because of its complexity, antimicrobial resistance mitigation in food and agriculture can not be addressed by a single sector or strategy, but through various disciplines working together to contribute to producing safer foods and creating a better environment for all. "Antibiotics are also commonly used for promoting growth in food animals, one type of use that is not necessary".

"Antibiotics are important to animals so animal owners should also seek advice from a qualified veterinarian", he said. "The need for antibiotic use can further be reduced by ensuring that all vaccinations are up to date".

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

My Administration is, therefore, committed to implementing the National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria.

- While such evolution is natural, the pace of AMR's spread is now on the rise due to inappropriate and excessive use of antimicrobials in humans, animals, and even in crops, according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

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