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Sustainable farming and food systems contribute to fighting AMR


A recent conference in London, ’Antibiotics and Farming: Prescriptions for Change’ organised by the Alliance to Save our Antibiotics and Medact, explored the link between farming practices and drug-resistant infections in humans and animals. The event was timely in light of the ongoing discussions about new EU legislation on Veterinary Medicinal Products and the so-called Animal Health law. By Sascha Marschang, Policy Manager for Health Systems, EPHA A recent conference in (...)
03/05/2016

The vital role of health professionals in curbing drug-resistant infections


About one third of hospital patients are prescribed antibiotics and up to 50% of their use is unnecessary or inappropriate. ECDC data clearly reveals the causal association between the indiscriminate use of antibiotics and the spread of drug-resistant infections, also known as antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Whilst some EU countries have made significant strides in control of drug-resistant infections, overuse and the spread of AMR urgently need to be addressed in others. As drug-resistant (...)
06/04/2016

European Parliament votes on the use of antibiotics for farm animals


Recent European Parliament votes on Veterinary Medicinal Products and Medicated Feed, and the adoption of the Animal Health Law are vital steps in tackling the spread of drug-resistant infections (antimicrobial resistance, AMR). Calls from public health experts to limit the prophylactic use of antimicrobials in farm animals have been a longstanding issue given that the majority of antibiotics are given to livestock. By Sascha Marschang, Policy Manager for Health Systems, EPHA. Votes on (...)
06/04/2016

[EVENT REPORT] Pharma Pollution: An ignored cause of Antimicrobial Resistance


As the European Commission undertakes its evaluation of the expiring Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), the joint EPHA - Health Care Without Harm Europe (HCWH) event of 10 December called for a much stronger consideration of the environmental dimension of AMR. A detailed event report is now available. The event was hosted by MEPs Martin Häusling (Greens, Germany) and Jasenko Selimovic (ALDE, SWE). Both MEPs underlined the need for urgent action, with MEP Selimovic concluding (...)
02/03/2016

European Health and Agriculture Ministers call for EU action on Antimicrobial Resistance


On 10 February 2016, European Ministers of Health and Agriculture were invited by the Netherlands Presidency of the EU Council to a Ministerial Conference on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) in Amsterdam. The Ministers discussed the scale and urgency of the crisis facing health systems around the world. For the fight against AMR to be successful, the most important element is coordinated international action, not least at the EU level. Dutch Minister of Agriculture Martijn van Dam made it (...)
02/03/2016

Tackling AMR: Everybody’s got a role to play, but pharma must do more


Representatives of the pharmaceutical industry have responded to letters sent by EPHA and partners urging the industry to make their global supply chains transparent and adopt environmentally responsible management practices. While a number of initiatives are being supported by industry, the problem remains that these are non-binding and fragmented. As manufacturers and suppliers, and nodes in a multi-billion industry, pharma companies must do more and push for mandatory standards and (...)
28/12/2015

Environmental pollution: Neglected dimension of AMR


On 10 December 2015, EPHA and Health Care Without Harm Europe organised an event that discussed the link between AMR and environmental pollution, focusing on antibiotics manufacturing and animal husbandry. The event established that all stakeholders - in particular industry and regulators - must push for enforceable standards and regulation. A new EPHA report further develops this theme. Why is the environment neglected in AMR debates? Despite a number of scandals and growing evidence (...)
28/12/2015

World Antibiotic Awareness Week: High time for global policy action


Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) is a global health threat of unprecented scale and urgency. During the first World Antibiotic Awareness Week (WAAW) from 16-22 November 2015, which encompassed the 8th European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD), emphasis was placed on the global nature of the emergency that requires all institutions and actors to join forces. At the launch event in Brussels, the European Commission, ECDC and WHO sent a clear signal that only effective collaboration can tackle (...)
07/12/2015

Public health concerns on the ‘TTIP’ EU-US trade deal


An important chapter of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) trade negotiations between the EU and US deals with ’Regulatory Cooperation’. Whilst it may sound dull and harmless it poses and extremely serious threat to national governments’ right to regulate, for example to protect public health, consumer rights, workers or the environment. EPHA emphasises the need to defend governments’ and the EU’s right to legislate and set policies to (...)
07/12/2015

[Events] Pharma Pollution: An Ignored Cause of Antimicrobial Resistance


Join EPHA, Health Care Without Harm, and MEP hosts Martin Hausling (Greens/EFA) and Jasenko Selimovic (ALDE) to discuss a long-neglected cause of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) - pollution of the natural environment arising from irresponsible antibiotic manufacturing and untransparent global supply chains, as well as from the overuse of antibiotics in veterinary medicine. Speakers will include representatives from civil society, the pharmaceutical industry, as well as EU and international (...)
17/11/2015