Magazine article European Social Policy

Health/research : Commission Supports Fight against Resistant Bacteria

Magazine article European Social Policy

Health/research : Commission Supports Fight against Resistant Bacteria

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The European Commission announced, on 15 November, its intention to step up research on drug-resistant bacteria. Funding of 91 million will be provided for 15 new research projects.

The announcement coincided with European Antibiotic Awareness Day, on 18 November.

"These new projects will add to the excellent work under way to develop new drugs and treatments. I am particularly pleased that so many small companies are partners in these projects - something I want to see right across the new EU research programme, Horizon 2020," commented the Commissioner for Research and Innovation, Maire Geoghegan-Quinn, backed by fellow Commissioner Tonio Borg (health).

Antimicrobials are medicines used to treat infections caused by bacteria, fungi, parasites or viruses. The use of antimicrobials in human medicine and stock farming over the last 70 years has caused an increase in the number and types of resistant micro-organisms and consequently an increase in suffering, incapacity and mortality. According to the Commission, this phenomenon is estimated to cause 25,000 deaths each year and over 1.5 billion in health care expenses and productivity losses in Europe alone. …

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