lack of effective antibiotics is a global concern with the potential to affect
all humans and domesticated animals. It threatens to undermine the
effectiveness of modern health care. An ever-widening range of bacteria,
causing a spectrum of diseases in humans and animals is becoming resistant to
the most available antibiotics. Unchecked, escalating antibiotic resistance
will lead to the global spread of untreatable infections and massive
deterioration health and loss of life. It will also make most surgery
impossible and end organ transplantation and cancer chemotherapy.
a member of the Antibiotic Resistance Coalition, Public Citizen recognizes that
antibiotic resistance threatens to undermine the effectiveness of modern
medicine. More and more strains of bacteria are resistant to an ever-rising
number of antibiotics, with no new antibiotics on the horizon to treat some of
the most serious infections. The change is global and accelerating. Millions of
people are infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria each year; hundreds of
thousands lose their lives. The toll will increase.
number of policies are contributing to the acceleration of the trend, including
inadequate regulation and control of the sale and use of antibiotics in animals
and humans, unrestrained marketing of the pharmaceutical industry, misuse of
antibiotics in human medicine, industrial food animal production and more. The
policy frameworks for research and development are further fueling resistance
without advancing innovation – failing to ensure access to treatment for all
people while allowing excessive and irrational use.