Stop Careless Use of Antibiotics: Millions of Lives Depend on It

Leslie Hanson
November 15, 2017

She issued a statement in connection with World Antibiotic Awareness Week, which is being observed around the world from November 13-19 under the theme 'Seek advice from a qualified healthcare professional before taking antibiotics.' Activities during the week will include distribution of awareness material for human and animal health sectors, seminars and awareness walks, among others. We remind our Nation's medical professionals, veterinarians, and researchers to learn about the appropriate prescribing and use of antibiotics, and remind them of their role in helping patients use antibiotics appropriately so that we can better combat this emerging health concern. Rather than using antibiotics to treat bacterial illnesses, which is fine, they are too often used as a hedge, a safeguard or preventative measure to best ensure the valuable animal does not get sick in the first place.

A systematic review published last week in The Lancet Planetary Health found that interventions that restrict antibiotic use in food-producing animals reduced antibiotic-resistant bacteria in these animals by up to 39 per cent.

- The European Union banned the controversial practice of using antibiotics to promote growth in healthy animals in 2006.

Without urgent action, say experts, we are heading for a post-antibiotic era, in which common infections and minor injuries will become untreatable.

This stewardship helps to fight resistance because it preserves the usefulness of antibiotics. Health care providers, patients, and families are encouraged learn more about Be Antibiotics Aware by visiting www.cdc.gov/antibiotic-use.

"The use of antibiotics is the single most important factor leading to antibiotic resistance around the world", according to the CDC.


You can read about the Antimicrobial Resistance Action Plan at New Zealand Antimicrobial Resistance Action Plan.

Quoting from a recent AAAP position paper, Dougherty added, "Controlling and preventing disease reduces the number of poultry barns necessary; in addition, there is less use of electricity, water, corn and soybeans and propane when using an antibiotic tool to prevent... enteric diseases".

"The plan comes from the work of the Ministry of Health, Ministry for Primary Industries, and the human health, animal health, agricultural and wider scientific communities".

The FAO, WHO and OIE have pooled resources and efforts to address antimicrobial resistance across the human, animal and ecosystem domains following the so-called "One Health Approach".

The Animal Health Institute reiterated its position that antibiotics need to be used responsibly in food-animal production, not eliminated altogether.

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