BSAC responds to final report and recommendations of the AMR Review

BSAC has warmly welcomed publication of the AMR Review’s final report  Tackling Drug-Resistant Infections Globally: final report and recommendations discusses the mounting problem of resistance, why action is needed to overviews the solutions that the Review thinks should be implemented to curtail unnecessary use and increase the supply of new antimicrobials. The review makes 10 wide-ranging recommendations on how the crisis of antimicrobial infections and the lack of new treatments should be resolved.

The BSAC’s response is reflected within the commentary Reflecting on the final report of the O’Neill Review on Antimicrobial Resistance published in the Lancet Infectious Diseases by Professor Laura Piddock, BSAC Chair in Public Engagement, Director of Antibiotic Action and Professor of Microbiology, University of Birmingham.

Speaking about the report Professor Piddock said: “This landmark report is warmly welcomed by the Society as offering cross-sector recommendations that provide an excellent basis for taking forward and developing solutions to support the appropriate use of antimicrobials and  the research, development and availability of new agents in the future“.  She continued  “We are especially pleased that the need for global public awareness is the first recommendation of this final report which builds on the work undertaken by our own public engagement initiative Antibiotic Action and likewise initiatives globally.  We now call on all sectors to engage with us to implement the recommendations of this review.”

Professor Dilip Nathwani, President of BSAC and Consultant Physician and Honorary Professor of Infection, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School Dundee said “There are many global initiatives already in place that should be examined, adopted and implemented to take forward the recommendations of this important report.”.  Speaking of what is already available to support implementation of the recommendations he said “The Massive Open Online Course on Antimicrobial Stewardship offers global education to all health economies across the world.  In addition the need for global and national surveillance of consumption and resistance are critical and are addressed by initiatives such as the launch of the Global PPS tool kit  that is freely available and the soon to be launched UK Point Prevalence Survey System that will be freely available to all Trusts and Boards in the UK as a training and benchmarking tool.”