Antibiotic Action Supports the Plea For Old Antibiotics

Antibiotic Action is delighted to support the plea to the World Health Organization (WHO) for conservation and access of old antibiotics. The plea, on behalf of non-profit and non-governmental organisations, requests that,

“WHO and Member States should develop a strategy for ensuring the sustainable production and registration of old antibiotics that may help address growing problems of drug resistance and of other antibiotics that face serious shortage or stockouts. This may require designing approaches to facilitate their registration across countries, transferring technology to other manufacturers, or providing appropriate economic incentives to encourage their development and commercial availability.”

The full plea document, including rationale, can be found here: Ensuring Access to Old Antibiotics. Supporting organisations include;

  1. ESCMID Study Group for Antibiotic Policies (ESGAP)
  2. World Alliance Against Antibiotic Resistance (WAAAR)
  3. ReAct – Action on Antibiotic Resistance
  4. ISC [International Society of Chemotherapy] Antimicrobial Stewardship Working Group
  5. British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC)
  6. Société de Pathologie Infectieuse de Langue Française (SPILF, French Infectious Diseases society);


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