EU Reforms Include ‘Prudent-Use’ Targets For Cuts To Antibiotic Consumption
The European Commission says at least 65% of all human consumption of antibiotics should be of products that come under the World Health Organization’s AWaRe (Access, Watch, Reserve) classification, which have a lower risk of resistance.
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A key meeting of stakeholders is to be held on 20 July to look at how best to avoid shortages of antibiotics for respiratory infections in Europe.
Although it is not legally binding, a recommendation endorsed this week by the Council of the EU will give countries more tools to tackle the thorny problem of resistance to antimicrobial drugs, according to the Swedish presidency of the council.
The three major EU institutions are all calling for urgent action to tackle antimicrobial resistance, with the emphasis very much on incentives for the development of novel medicines and a reduction in overall consumption of antibiotics.