European Antibiotic Awareness Day – "the future is now"
On the 18th of November 2016, EDSA was present at this event that was coordinated by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). The event took place in the Residence Palace in Brussels, Belgium.
Dr Vytenis Andriukaitis, the EU Commisioner for Health and Food Safety, stressed the importance of the subject on Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and informed about future plans on working towards an active future in fighting this problem.
During a discussion EDSA President, Luka Banjšak, made a statement saying EDSA's involvement in the AMR topic has been active for a number of years and raised the question of implementing new technologies in order to focus on treating the right microorganisms with the adequate antibiotics, this includes MALDI-TOF.
Among other discussions the meeting featured briefings on topics such as the latest data on antibiotic resistance and human consumption of antibiotics in Europe, the consumption of antibiotics in the food industry and the antimicrobial resistance in food-producing animals and the threat of AMR and actions that need to be taken in the European Region.