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EU governments commit to tackle antimicrobial resistance

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i3458 (Published 20 June 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i3458
  1. Rory Watson
  1. Brussels

Health ministers of European Union countries have given a strong political commitment to reducing the use of antibiotics in humans and animals. Meeting in Luxembourg on 17 June, they endorsed a call for all 28 countries to have national action plans against antimicrobial resistance in place by the middle of next year.

They agreed that national action plans should include measurable qualitative or quantitative goals to reduce infections and cut use of antimicrobials in humans and animals. They also agreed that there was a need to consider how legislation relevant to antimicrobial resistance …

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