31/10/2018 - Effective antibiotics are vital to modern medicine. Patients undergoing chemotherapy or transplants, for example, rely on antibiotics to prevent infections and complications. But growing antimicrobial resistance (AMR), following half a century of over-prescription of antibiotics, is raising concern that hospitals will run out of options to save lives. With resistance to all three lines of antibiotics set to increase, even small cuts in the kitchen, minor surgery or diseases like pneumonia could become life threatening.
A new OECD report, Stemming the Superbug Tide: Just A Few Dollars More, analyses the impact of AMR, based on new forecasts of the growth in resistance to 2050, and outlines the measures countries can take to tackle the issue and significantly reduce the personal and economic cost.
It will be released at 11.00 Paris time/09.00 GMT on Wednesday 7 November 2018 in advance of World Antibiotic Awareness Week which starts on 12 November.
Journalists will be allowed advance access to the electronic version of the report, by e-mail and under embargo. In asking to receive the report under embargo, journalists undertake to respect the OECD’s embargo procedures. Requests to receive the report by e-mail under embargo should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. The report will be sent under embargo on Tuesday 6 November.
For further information, contact Spencer Wilson of the OECD Media Office (+33 1 45 24 81 18).
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