Antimicrobial medicines are vital to the treatment of infections such as tuberculosis and pneumonia. Recent trends in the resistance to these medicines are worrying and, if these continue could pose a serious threat to the public health and modern medicine.
The ABPI has raised concerns over this issue, most recently to the Department of Health in our response to their consultation on the Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy. We have been disappointed by the delays in publishing the strategy and hope that it will be published soon.
We hope that the Department of Health will take on board our concerns about the research and development environment and stewardship of antibiotics when they publish the final version of the strategy. We look forward to working in partnership with them and our member companies to find solutions as soon as possible to this important issue.
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