Helperby Therapeutics develops sustainable solution for antibiotic resistance

The dairy industry is a low user of antibiotics in general

ZIMBABWE will this week join the rest of the world in commemorating World Antibiotic Awareness Week to raise awareness on the need to preserve available antibiotics and responsible use of the drugs to avoid antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

Doctors increasingly rely on last resort antibiotics such as carbapenems and colistin, but as harmful bacteria continue to mutate, this final line of resistance will eventually fail.

Antibiotics are in danger of losing their effectiveness due to misuse and overuse, and are in many cases not even necessary. As a result, many infections have become increasingly hard to cure-making millions of Americans sick and causing tens of thousands of deaths in the United States each year. For example, since 2006, the European Union has banned the use of antibiotics for growth promotion.

United Kingdom based pharma company, Helperby Therapeutics has developed Antibiotic Resistance Breakers (ARBs) as a solution to the present danger of antimicrobial resistance.

"A lack of effective antibiotics is as serious a security threat as a sudden and deadly disease outbreak", says Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO.

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"Action to manage antibiotic use and control AMR in one sector must go hand-in-hand with enforcement of regulations in and collaboration with other sectors. They should be taken as prescribed, never saved later or shared with others".

To tackle these problems, WHO, FAO and OIE are leveraging their expertise and working together in a "One Health" approach to promote best practices to reduce the emergence and spread of antibiotic-resistant microbes in both humans and animals.

Staff and students will be able to surrender their unused or out of date antibiotics for safe disposal at the Sherfield Building on South Kensington campus and the Commonwealth Building at Hammersmith, between 12:00-13:30. We remind our Nation's medical professionals, veterinarians, and researchers to learn about the appropriate prescribing and use of antibiotics, and remind them of their role in helping patients use antibiotics appropriately so that we can better combat this emerging health concern.

"Stewardship programmes only work when everyone is on the same page".

"However, it has been also highlighted that up to 50 per cent of all the antibiotics prescribed for people are not needed or are not optimally effective as prescribed".

In September of this year, the government called on the ministries of health, agriculture, environment, trade and industry to discuss the successes and challenges of the National Action Plan on AMR 2013 - 2020.



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