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Individuals Should Pledge To Address Antibiotic Resistance; Global Community Should Take ‘One Health’ Approach

The Guardian: It’s time we all pledged to stop over-using antibiotics
Diane Ashiru-Oredope, pharmacist lead for antimicrobial resistance and stewardship at Public Health England

“The stark impact of [antimicrobial resistance (AMR)] is all around us. … Although there is a lot of talk about antibiotic resistance in the future, it is important to realize that we are already seeing the impact of resistant infections in everyday life. … Our Antibiotic Guardian campaign allows everyone to sign up to a pledge, health professionals or members of the public. … In addition to ensuring we make appropriate use of antibiotics for human health, AMR has clear links to both animal health, farming, and the environment. The importance of tackling AMR using what we call a ‘one health’ approach is now widely recognized. … No new class of antibiotics has been discovered for a number of years. Even if we discover more, simply replacing old antibiotics with new ones is not the only answer as they could also become ineffective. It is therefore important that everyone does their part to tackle this issue” (4/20).

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