European Antibiotic Awareness Day 2013: ‘Everyone is responsible’

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European Antibiotic Awareness Day 2013: ‘Everyone is responsible’

European Antibiotics Awareness Day home page panelThe European Medicines Agency supports European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD), which is taking place today. EAAD is an annual European public health initiative, organised by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), which aims to raise awareness of the threat to public and animal health of antibiotic resistance and the importance of prudent use of antibiotics. The theme of this year’s EAAD is ‘Everyone is responsible’.

The European Medicines Agency is concerned about the increasing levels of resistance to antibiotics in humans and animals and is engaged in a number of initiatives aiming to tackle this problem.

In the field of antibiotics, the Agency’s main role is to evaluate applications for the authorisation of antibiotic medicines, both for humans and for animals, and to ensure that they are used in areas where they bring the most benefit and the risk for the potential development of antimicrobial resistance is low.

In 2013, the Agency has contributed to the European Commission’s Action plan against the rising threats from antimicrobial resistance, as well as global initiatives to combat antibiotic resistance, such as the Trans-Atlantic Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance (TATFAR). In addition, among others, the following specific activities were undertaken:

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