Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Global Opportunity to Tackle Antibiotic Production Waste


Global policy makers gathered at The Hague in the Netherlands for the International Ministerial Conference on antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

Experts are calling for a greater focus on antibiotic production in order to tackle AMR and ensure the effectiveness of antibiotics in the future. Sustainable production is notably not a focus in the WHO’s AMR Global Action Plan, despite the fact that:
  • There are 700,000 AMR related deaths each year predicted to rocket to 10 million deaths in 2050, more than all cancers combined
  • Only 8 large R&D based and generic pharmaceutical companies set limits on antibiotics in their wastewater
  • The amount of pharmaceutical effluent leaking into Europe’s waterways is estimated to increase by 2/3rds by 2050
  • Antibiotics have been found in 65%of the world’s rivers, including the Thames where 5 antibiotics were found at up to 3 times the safe levels
  • In Bangladesh waterways have been found to harbour 300 times the safe levels of antibiotics

Readers can download the media kit of three infographics (on AMR and health, AMR and the environment and an AMR timeline) here. Also included are case studies of sustainable manufacturing, the AMR industry alliance, and sustainable procurement practices in Sweden and Norway

Posted by Dr. Tim Sandle, Pharmaceutical Microbiology

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