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The emergence of pan-resistant Gram-negative pathogens merits a rapid global political response

Walsh, Timothy Rutland and Toleman, Mark Alexander Howard 2011. The emergence of pan-resistant Gram-negative pathogens merits a rapid global political response. Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy 67 (1) , pp. 1-3. 10.1093/jac/dkr378

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Recent media coverage of New Delhi metallo-β-lactamase (NDM-1) put antibiotic resistance back on the political map if only for the wrong reasons, mainly the reaction to the naming of NDM-1 and the incorrect assumption that medical tourism was being deliberately targeted. However, work on NDM-1 has most certainly highlighted the rapid dissemination of new antibiotic resistance mechanisms via economic globalization. The example of NDM-1 has also magnified the desperate need for a publicly funded global antibiotic surveillance system rather than just national or regional systems. Furthermore, there is a pressing need to establish a global task force to enforce international transparency and accountability on antibiotic stewardship and the implementation of measures to curb antibiotic resistance. An international antibiotic stewardship index should be established that is related to each country's gross domestic product (GDP) and assesses how much of their GDP is committed to publically funded health initiatives aimed at controlling antibiotic resistance.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Systems Immunity Research Institute (SIURI)
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DS Asia
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
Uncontrolled Keywords: Global antibiotic resistance ; NDM-1 ; New Delhi metallo-β-lactamase ; India ; Southern Asia
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 0305-7453
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:50

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