About: Antimicrobial resistance

Health 12-05-2022

Commission: Disputed antimicrobial should be restricted, but not reserved for human use

European lawmakers are still not impressed by the EU executive's strong defence of its stance on the disputed antimicrobial colistin, as disagreements surrounding the list of antimicrobials to be reserved for human use continue.
Agrifood 09-05-2022

EU not on track to reduce livestock antibiotics, say campaigners

EU and national policies are not ambitious enough to reach the bloc's goal of halving antibiotic use in livestock farming by 2030, according to campaigners, who warn that without sufficient action, humans will also be at risk from antimicrobial resistance.
Health 22-04-2022

Commission confirms support for EMA’s advice on antimicrobials for humans only

Health commissioner Stella Kyriakides reaffirmed support for the European Medicines Agency (EMA)'s set of recommendations for antimicrobials to be reserved for humans only despite criticism over the non-inclusion of colistin, an antibiotic used in veterinary medicine.
Health 16-03-2022

MEPs slam new recommendations on antimicrobials reserved for human use

European lawmakers did not hold back in their criticism of the new European Medicines Agency (EMA) recommendations for antimicrobials to be reserved for human use at a committee meeting on Tuesday (15 March).
Health 09-03-2022

EU medicines agency reserves antimicrobials for humans to combat rising superbugs

The European Medicine's Agency has created a guide listing the antimicrobials which should be reserved exclusively for humans to combat antimicrobial resistance (AMR). But eyebrows were raised when one divisive antimicrobial, colistin, did not make the cut.
Health 20-01-2022

Over 1 million people died in 2019 from antimicrobial resistance: study

Antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections caused an estimated 1.2 million deaths in 2019 worldwide, according to new research published on Wednesday (19 January). Scientists call for more investment and better use of existing antibiotics.
Agrifood 14-10-2021

Probiotics one of the ‘last remaining tools’ to fight antimicrobial resistance

As the EU moves to tighten restrictions on the use of antibiotics in the livestock sector, probiotics are rapidly becoming one of the last tools remaining in the toolbox for producers. But prohibitive prices continue to impede their uptake, according to an expert.
Agrifood 17-09-2021

Agrifood Brief: Fertile ground for a ruckus

Welcome to EURACTIV’s AgriFood Brief, your weekly update on all things Agriculture & Food in the EU. You can subscribe here if you haven’t done so yet. This week: EURACTIV’s agrifood team digs deeper into a controversial vote in the...
Health 16-09-2021

Parliament sides with Commission to approve controversial new antimicrobials rules

The European Parliament has given its green light to a controversial new antimicrobials regulation, dismissing a motion calling for tighter restrictions on antibiotics use in animals and allowing the Commission to move forward on its plans to tackle anti-microbial resistance.
Health 14-09-2021

Greens wage battle against Commission over antimicrobials regulation

A new delegated act proposed by the European Commission to tackle anti-microbial resistance (AMR) has drawn harsh criticisms from the Green group in the European Parliament, who are calling for the use of antibiotics in animals to be restricted.
Health 23-07-2021

EU action to turn the AMR tide looks at different incentive models

EU policymakers are being urged to consider the full range of new incentive systems and pilot innovative approaches to tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR), including Netflix-style subscription services and pull incentives.
Health 07-07-2021

Heavy use of antibiotics in COVID-19 treatment likely to increase AMR

COVID-19 pandemic has helped raise political awareness of health issues but the widespread misuse of antibiotics in COVID patient treatment is likely to result in increased antimicrobial resistance, health experts have warned.
Health 02-07-2021

Netflix and pill: Industry subscription service could incentivise antibiotic research, says expert

A ‘Netflix-style’ subscription service, regularly paid from governments to the pharmaceutical industry, could help incentivise the creation of sorely-needed new antibiotics and break the “toxic” environment of antibiotic research and development, according to an expert.
Health 01-07-2021

MEP: Public-private partnerships needed to face silent threat of AMR

Investment in research and development, together with encouraging the innovative economic models is a way to fight this silent threat, Swedish centre-right MEP Jessica Polfjärd told EURACTIV in an interview.
Agrifood 04-05-2021

MEP: Livestock breeding ‘neglected’ in fight to tackle antimicrobial resistance

Animal breeding has been neglected in the conversation on tackling the looming global crisis of antimicrobial resistance, according to Green MEP Sarah Weiner, who stressed a need to focus on breeding animals for resilience over productivity. 
Health 23-04-2021

Commission: Antimicrobial resistance among biggest global health threats

The European Commission backs the stance of the World Health Organisation (WHO) on the importance of approaching the issue of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in a multilateral, global way.
Agrifood 08-03-2021

Expert: Antimicrobial resistance is the ‘new climate change’

Diseases evolving to become resistant to medicines is a hidden threat to humanity as dangerous as climate change, an animal health expert has told EURACTIV, warning that more must be done to reduce the use of antimicrobials in agriculture.
Health 25-11-2020

EU ponders new incentives for novel antibiotics

The European Commission will examine specific incentives and a new pricing system to develop innovative antibiotics in its pharmaceutical strategy, in a bid to take a more ambitious stance against the rising threat of anti-microbial resistance (AMR).
Coronavirus 20-11-2020

Pharma official: Anti-microbial resistance larger than COVID-19 crisis

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a looming crisis and potentially “even larger than the COVID-19” pandemic, the CEO of one of the few remaining antibiotic producers with a manufacturing presence in the EU told EURACTIV in an interview.
Agrifood 02-09-2020

EU agency reports cases of Salmonella after contaminated imported nuts

An outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium linked to Brazil nuts imported from Bolivia has been reported in several EU countries, prompting the European Commission to trigger its rapid alert system. 
Agrifood 05-03-2020

AMR: Foodborne superbugs harder to beat, EU agencies say

Foodborne bacteria such as Salmonella, Campylobacter and E. Coli are getting harder to treat as they are becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics used to beat them, two EU agencies warned in a report published on Tuesday (3 March).
Health 24-01-2019

New anti-microbial resistance business models are off the table, Romanian health minister says

Romania's EU Presidency will not look into new business models to tackle anti-microbial resistance (AMR), Romanian Health Minister Sorina Pintea told EURACTIV.com in an interview.
Agrifood 05-07-2018

Commission: Third countries should meet EU antibiotics requirements on animal exports

Non-EU countries that export animals and animal products to the bloc will have to abide by new rules on veterinary medicines when it comes to the use of antibiotics, according to the European Commission.
Health 19-06-2018

Heavy workload delays EU report on environmental impact of drugs

The European Commission’s much-awaited communication on the environmental impact of pharmaceuticals is at an “advanced stage” but might not be adopted in the near future because of other legislative initiatives on the agenda, an EU official has told EURACTIV.com.