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WHO Updates List of Antibiotics Most Critical to Human Medicine

A World Health Organization (WHO) expert panel has updated the list of antibiotics that are considered to be most critically important to human health, and are therefore in need of stewardship. The list was published in Clinical Infectious Diseases on 20 July and is identified as a critical step for developing risk management strategies to control antimicrobial resistance from food animal production. The list, which is updated every other year, identifies fluoroquinolones, third-generation cephalosporins, carbapenems, macrolides and glycopeptides as highest priority for protection and stewardship efforts. Click here to read the full article.     ...
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DRIVE-AB partners publish pre-UN Assembly commentary in The Lancet: Propose 4-pronged Global Action Plan on AMR

Four prominent DRIVE-AB partners have co-authored a commentary published in The Lancet on 16 July, 2016, in advance of the upcoming United Nations General Assembly in New York in September, where Heads of State will discuss sustainable access to effective antimicrobials. The commentary, titled, "UN high-level meeting on antimicrobials - what do we need?"proposes that the UN issue a four-pronged global action plan on antimicrobial resistance, built on the core functions of advocacy, monitoring and evaluation, resource mobilization and the coordination of multisectoral action at the national-level in support of the...
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DRIVE-AB Represented at Thirteenth Meeting of WHO Patient Safety Programme and Industry Representatives

On 27 June, 2016, DRIVE-AB was represented at the Thirteenth Meeting of WHO Patient Safety Programme and Industry Representatives which was held at the University of Geneva Hospitals with invited representation the HUG-WHO Collaborating Centre on Patient Safety, Infection Control and Improving Practices. The purpose of the meeting was to outline the WHO/WCC aims for hand hygiene promotion and improvement in 2016 including photo promotions, hand sanitizing relay, completion of the WHO Global Hand Hygiene Self-Assessment Framework Survey and use of WHO hand hygiene improvement tools. The meeting also set out to review on-going activities and perspectives for the upcoming year, to discuss alternative approaches to hand hygiene promotion,...
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Council of the European Union recognizes work done by DRIVE-AB in a conclusion on next steps to combat AMR

On 17 June, 2016, the Council of the European Union published conclusions on the next steps for the EU to combat antimicrobial resistance (AMR) under a One Health approach. The role of the Council is to serve as the voice of the EU member governments to negotiate and adopt EU laws, coordinate member states' policies, conclude international agreements, develop the EU's common foreign and security policy and adopt the EU budget together with the Parliament. In its conclusions to combat AMR, the Council has adopted a One Health approach, which considers the importance of intricate interactions between human, animal, and environmental...
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DRIVE-AB Holds Successful Conference on Stimulating Innovation, Sustainable Use and Global Access to Antibiotics

  On Thursday 2 June, 2016, the DRIVE-AB consortium, which is developing new economic models to stimulate antibiotic innovation and ensure global access to and sustainable use of antibiotics, held the “Stimulating innovation, sustainable use and global access to antibiotics” conference in Amsterdam. Global leaders agree on the need to maintain a steady supply of new antibiotics for all as a critical part of the strategy to address antibiotic resistance and that new reward models are necessary to achieve this goal. While basic frameworks have been proposed, the DRIVE-AB consortium seeks a level of granularity that other initiatives have not, moving beyond discussions to concrete plans for policy...
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