European Commission health chief warns action needed on antimicrobial resistance


  • Mary Corcoran
  • Univadis Medical News
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The Director General for Health and Food Safety of the European Commission, Xavier Prats Monné, has warned that "we are at risk of going back to the Dark Ages of medicine” if antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is not addressed. 

In an interview published in the June issue of Health Affairs, Prats Monné discusses the European Union’s AMR action plan announced last year. The plan is divided into three main ‘chapters’: best practice; research; and contribution to the global dimension of the fight against AMR.

Within the interview, the Director General for Health and Food Safety highlights the variability in antimicrobial stewardship activities across Europe, highlighting how a number of countries have taken an “extraordinarily strong level of control” over antibiotic use, including monitoring the number of antibiotics prescribed by doctors. These, he said, give doctors an indication of where they sit relative to average antimicrobial prescribing.

“In the end, the international community will have to face the fact that we have an extraordinary risk for our own planet, and that this has consequences, and we have to address those consequences," Prats Monné said. 

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