ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE MUST BE CONFRONTED WITH URGENCY, SAYS LOUISE BOURS MEP
Pharmaceutical companies must be encouraged to invest further into discovering new antibiotic drugs, says UKIP health spokesman Louise Bours.
Her call comes after a report by Lord Jim O’Neill revealed that Caesarean sections, joint replacements and even chemotherapy could become too dangerous to be performed.
Lord O’Neill said the situation whereby growing resistance to antimicrobial drugs is not being tackled adequately enough should be treated as “an economic and security threat”, reported Sky News.
Ms Bours, MEP for the North West region, said: “It’s hardly breaking news that the effectiveness of antibiotics is constantly reducing, and that’s why this is so disturbing.
“We have known for years that more must be done, both in the Big Pharma research laboratories and also in GP surgeries.
“Big Pharma must be encouraged to throw everything they’ve got at creating new drugs that can effectively tackle dangerous bacteria.
“At the same time GPs should also be encouraged to dish out far fewer tablets. I agree completely when Lord O’Neill says that some doctors dish them out ‘like sweets’.
“We also have to engage with agriculture where there is a corresponding problem in the overuse but increasing under-effectiveness of antimicrobial drugs.
“There is no single person or organisation to be blamed for this, but it’s a serious problem we all have to confront together.
“Lives literally depend on it.”
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