European Antibiotic Awareness Day prompts call for collaborative action

European Antibiotic Awareness Day, which is taking place today, has been marked by a call for collaborative action involving policymakers, scientists, industry, veterinarians, farmers, medical professionals, as well as the general public, to address the issue of antibiotic resistance.

The call comes from IFAH, the umbrella body for Europe’s animal health industry, whose secretary general, Roxane Feller, said actions to reduce resistance to antibiotics needed to involve “all sectors”, working together to develop science-based solutions.

“The main objective should be to reduce resistance to antibiotics, not simply to reduce antibiotic use,” said Ms. Feller.

IFAH added that the animal health industry in Europe was actively promoting the responsible use of medicines in animals and monitoring the use of antibiotics in veterinary medicine, as well as the development of resistance.

“These actions need to be accompanied by a predictable, science-based environment that encourages investment both in improving existing antibiotics as well as researching innovative alternatives,” said the organisation.

“Responsible use of antibiotics is only part of a spectrum of activities necessary to combat antibiotic resistance and maintain high standards of animal health. The animal health industry advocates that our products must be used in the context of good management of animals, bio-security measures, herd health plans, vaccination, accurate diagnosis and treatment under veterinary care and good record keeping.”

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