Antibiotic resistance

Antibiotic resistance scares mighty G20 countries

The powerful G20 countries for the first time ever gathered their ministers of health last week. Representing two thirds of the world’s population and 85% of the global economy, the ministers agreed to develop national action plans to stop antibiotic resistance. The meeting was initiated by Germany and global health is from now on a constant on the G20 agenda.

"Antibiotics are one of the most important achievements of modern medicine in the fight against infectious diseases and when it comes to safeguarding surgical procedures. Our ability to fight bacterial infections is, however, increasingly being placed in jeopardy or even becoming impossible due to the global rise in especially dangerous pathogens. If we do not act now, together and across the world, we are heading for a post-antibiotic era. And that will have dramatic consequences for us all." [German Federal Health Minister Hermann Gröhe]

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Antibiotic resistance named "top scare" along with climate change

Antibiotic resistance is now seen as the main threat along with climate change by Swedes. This was the result of the 2017 SOM Institute national survey that monitors public sentiment on key issues. The increased concern was substantial compared to previous years and by far the largest change (+60%). Avidicare believes that this trend will increase the need for the health care sector to be vigilant in its measure for infection control as well as keeping the prescription rate of antibiotics very low. It will also be interesting to see how this trend manifests itself in other countries where the actual infection rates from multiresistant bacteria already - and almost without exception - are way higher.