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EMEA goes on-line with antimicrobial resistance

The European Agency for the Evaluation of Medicinal Products (EMEA) has recently posted its latest discussion paper on antimicrobial resistance on-line. The paper tackles the increasing problem of bacterial resistance to antibiotics.

The EMEA identifies the key factors contri...
The European Agency for the Evaluation of Medicinal Products (EMEA) has recently posted its latest discussion paper on antimicrobial resistance on-line. The paper tackles the increasing problem of bacterial resistance to antibiotics.

The EMEA identifies the key factors contributing to the spread of the resistance, citing inappropriate use of antibiotics as a major cause. But overcrowding in hospitals, the globalization of food sales and an increase in the distances and frequency of peoples' travels are also important reasons for the spread of resistance.

The EMEA addresses the problem through its Committee for Proprietary Medicinal Products by giving guidance to industry and regulatory assessors on the necessary information they need to give out.

The EMEA's Committee for Veterinary Medicinal Products is also concerned with the problem in relation to worries that the increasing use of antibiotics to prevent disease among animals - particularly those raised under intensive farming conditions - is contributing to the spread of resistance.

This EMEA paper gives an overview of current European initiatives to combat antibiotic resistance, and outlines the organisation's position within the context of this work.

In conclusion, the EMEA says there is an overriding need to find ways of promoting new effective antibiotics "so as not to prematurely exhaust their potential clinical benefits".
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