Medicine

Why are health experts so concerned about drug resistance?

Why are health experts so concerned about drug resistance?

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.

"The misuse of antibiotics over the past few decades has contributed to an alarming increase in bacterial resistance, which has since 2014 continuously been highlighted by the WHO as one of the biggest threats to public health today", says Dr. Paul Soko Executive Head of Clinical Services and Quality at Life Healthcare Group. The 2017 posters have been published on this site for use around the world as a campaign resource.

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".

Highlighting the importance of commitment at the local level, the National Steering Committee for Antibiotic Resistance, FAO and WHO co-organized the Antibiotic Awareness Week kickoff event in Vinh Phuc province on 13 November 2017. This occurs when bacteria doesn't respond to the drugs created to kill them and it is one of the most urgent threats to the public's health.

Antibiotic resistance is rising to dangerously high levels in all parts of the world and threatening our ability to treat common infectious diseases.

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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.

Jacobs-Young noted that under current FDA policy, medically important antibiotics are not used for growth promotion in animals. 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.

The action plan sets out responsibilities for national governments, the World Health Organization (WHO), UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), as well as other national and worldwide partners in responding to antimicrobial resistance.

Since they were first marketed in the 1940s, antibiotics have helped to revolutionize modern healthcare, offering cures to previously untreatable infections. Where they can be bought for human or animal use without a prescription, the emergence and spread of resistance is made worse. Once they stop working, it will be already too late.

The Animal Health Institute reiterated its position that antibiotics need to be used responsibly in food-animal production, not eliminated altogether.


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