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Editorial, Opinion Piece Recognize World Antibiotic Awareness Week

The Lancet Global Health: Fighting antimicrobial resistance on all fronts
Editorial Board

“The theme of this year’s World Antibiotic Awareness Week (Nov 13-19) is ‘seek advice.’ But what if your health professional’s advice is not evidence-based? … The news media regularly resounds to hope stories of new antibiotics, but — as a WHO report released in September made clear — the current antibiotic development pipeline is still dominated by entities that are merely modifications of existing drug classes and is thus ‘insufficient to mitigate the threat of antimicrobial resistance.’ Raising awareness of the looming ‘antibiotic apocalypse’ should include framing the solution as a continuum, from surveillance to infection prevention to diagnosis to treatment. Everyone — patients, researchers, health care providers, farmers, veterinarians, journalists, and policymakers — must play their part in defeating these tiny but deadly foes” (December 2017).

HuffPost: Time is Running Out: Why Diagnostic Tests Are A Crucial Tool in Fight Against Antibiotic Resistance
Lance Price, director of the Antibiotic Resistance Action Center at the George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health

“…With Antibiotics Awareness Week (November 13-19) quickly approaching, we have to refocus and find ways to encourage the use of diagnostics in the fight against superbugs. … We have to bring together public health experts, diagnostic companies, insurance companies, health care professionals, and policymakers to find ways to incentivize the use of existing diagnostic tests and encourage the creation of new ones that can be used within the short span of an outpatient visit. If we’re going to avoid a world where untreatable bacterial infections are the new norm, we have to take the long view and use all the tools that we have at our disposal, including diagnostics” (11/10).