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Europe launches 12 point plan to tackle antimicrobial resistance

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d7528 (Published 21 November 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7528
  1. Rory Watson
  1. 1Brussels

The European Commission presented its first action plan to tackle antimicrobial resistance to drugs on 17 November, as new research that was based on Europe-wide surveillance data confirmed that carbapenem resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae is on the rise.

Announcing the initiative, the health and consumer policy commissioner, John Dalli, said, “We need to take swift and determined action if we do not want to lose antimicrobial medicines as essential treatment against bacterial infections in both humans and animals.”

He emphasised the scale of the problem by pointing out that some 25 000 patients die each year in the …

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