The time is now — the urgent need for solutions in the global antimicrobial crisis

The time is now — the urgent need for solutions in the global antimicrobial crisis

Originally published on European Pharmaceutical Manufacture. 

It was no surprise when the World Health Organisation (WHO) named antimicrobial resistance (AMR) as one of the biggest threats to global health. We’ve known for some time, that the widespread misuse of antibiotics has created a substantial increase in the number of antibiotic resistant bacteria.

The question isn’t why but how do we overcome the problem of antibiotic resistant bacteria?

Irreparable damage has been done through the over-prescribing of antibiotics in human healthcare. The growth of antibiotic resistant organisms has accelerated, resulting in bacteria which are resistant to all types of antibiotics — a pharmacist’s worst fear.

One thing is for certain, multidrug resistant organisms (MDROs) is the most major healthcare threat humanity faces and we need solutions.

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