Commenting on the launch of the UK Five Year Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy, ABPI Chief Executive Stephen Whitehead said: "The ABPI welcomes the launch of the Government’s UK Five Year Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy and the recognition it gives to the important role of industry in the development of new antibiotics, diagnostics and vaccines."
"The strategy rightly acknowledges that the commercial environment for antibiotic development needs to be addressed and that a balanced approach to this challenge requires consideration of new clinical development pathways within a flexible regulatory framework alongside appropriate financial incentives. It is vitally important that a realistic plan of action is agreed so that all partners can work together to deliver upon the strategic objectives that are outlined within the strategy, building on the success of initiatives that are already in train, including the EU Innovative Medicines Initiative collaboration NewDrugs4BadBugs. The role of the High Level Steering Group (HLSG) will be crucial and the ABPI looks forward to engaging with this group, along with other stakeholders."
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