And without urgent intervention, we are heading for a post-antibiotic era, in which common infections and minor injuries will become untreatable, according World Health Organisation (WHO).
Doctors increasingly rely on last resort antibiotics such as carbapenems and colistin, but as harmful bacteria continue to mutate, this final line of resistance will eventually fail.
Antibiotic Resistance Breakers is a novel technology that rejuvenates existing antibiotics into long-term effective combination therapies. Being more careful not to use antibiotics unless completely necessary.
Professor Alison Holmes, Director of the NIHR HRPU in Healthcare Associated Infection and Antimicrobial Resistance, said: "Antibiotic resistance is a serious global threat and we are already seeing its impact first hand in the NHS".
"It has been highlighted that the use of antibiotics is the single most important factor leading to antibiotic resistance around the world". As a result, many infections have become increasingly hard to cure-making millions of Americans sick and causing tens of thousands of deaths in the United States each year.
- They are used to treat sick animals, but also on healthy animals to stop them getting sick and to speed up their growth.
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Highlighting the importance of commitment at the local level, the National Steering Committee for Antibiotic Resistance, FAO and WHO co-organized the Antibiotic Awareness Week kickoff event in Vinh Phuc province on 13 November 2017. "We fully support the Be Antibiotics Aware campaign and its emphasis on proper use of antibiotics and commitment to prescription best practices". "They should be taken as prescribed, never saved later or shared with others".
The National Steering Committee for Antibiotic Resistance, the Food and Agriculture organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are again joining forces to raise awareness about antibiotic resistance and responsible use of antibiotics.
BEVA is a consistent campaigner for the responsible use of antibiotics; previous year it introduced the BEVA Antibiotic Champion Award to encourage members to document their efforts to reduce the use of critically important antibiotics.
"Stewardship programmes only work when everyone is on the same page".
The National Chicken Council also took issue with the World Health Organization news release - particularly the claim that "80% of total consumption of medically important antibiotics is in the animal sector, largely for growth promotion in healthy animals", which an NCC spokesperson called "grossly inflated".
"Too often we see patients in the dental chair who have been treated inappropriately with antibiotics for a dental condition which should and could have been treated effectively by a dentist-sometimes without the need for antibiotics".
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