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Antimicrobial Resistance

ENVI 11-06-2018 - 16:27
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Antibiotics have become one of the cornerstones of modern medicine since the introduction of penicillin. Previously deadly diseases have become routine ailments, requiring little more than a brief treatment. These achievements are now at risk mainly because of the excessive or inappropriate use of antimicrobials, which has led to the increasing emergence and spread of multi-resistant bacteria. Without effective action to reverse current trends, we could face a return to the pre-antibiotic era.

AMR is a good example of a One Health matter in which human health is connected to that of animals and the environment. Only a multidisciplinary effort can provide an adequate response. There is a major lack of knowledge about the release and spread of resistant organisms in the environment and the threats and risks this poses to human and animal health. On 29 June 2017, the Commission adopted the EU One Health Action Plan against AMR, its overarching goal is to preserve the possibility of effective treatment of infections in humans and animals. It provides a framework for continued, more extensive action to reduce the emergence and spread of AMR and to increase the development and availability of new effective antimicrobials inside and outside the EU.

Rapporteur: K. Kadenbach (S&D)

Shadows: R. Sommer (EPP), B. Piecha (ECR), F. Federley (ALDE), L. Boylan (GUE/NGL), B. Staes (Greens/EFA), P. Pedicini (EFDD, J. Melin (ENF).

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