THE ANTIBIOTIC CRISIS

Resources

Organizations and Initiatives

MeMed initiated the TAILORED-Treatment EU consortium to boost research on antibiotic resistance
The European Union has funded a 4 year project, the TAILORED-Treatment, to increase the effectiveness of antibiotic treatment, and help limit the emergence of antimicrobial resistance. 

The Get Smart Campaign by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The Get Smart Campaign was launched by the CDC in 2003. The goal of the campaign is to reduce the rise of antibiotic resistance by promoting appropriate antibiotic use.

The Trans Atlantic Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance (TATFAR)
TATFAR was established in 2009 as a US/EU initiative. TATFAR’s focus is on urgent antibiotic resistance issues that could be better addressed through a collaboration between the US and the EU.

The Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics (APUA)
APUA is an international organization whose goal is to promote appropriate antibiotic access/use and control the emergence of antibiotic resistance.

The European Antibiotic Awareness Day
The goal of the European Antibiotic Awareness Day is to promote the responsible use of antibiotics and is an initiative of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

The European Surveillance of Antimicrobial Consumption (ESAC)
ESAC is a European project (funded by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control [ECDC]), the goal of which is to collect data on the use of anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungi drugs.

The Canadian Antimicrobial Resistance Alliance (CARA)
CARA is a research group dedicated to the study of medical microbiology/infectious diseases with special interests in antibiotic resistance and antibiotic use in Canada. 

Articles & Newsletters
 
The report provides an analysis, by region and globally, of the initiatives under way to address antimicrobial resistance and identifies areas in which more work is needed. 
 
This article, published by the US Food and Drug administration (FDA), discusses the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacterial strains and how resistance can be combated.
 
What do we do when antibiotics don`t work any more?
Maryn McKenna describes in this TED talk how we`re entering a post-antibiotic world and warns - it won`t be pretty.
 
Is the world heading for a "post-antibiotic era”? In this BBC news report specialists around the globe discuss the continuous rise in antibiotic resistant infections.
 
Antibiotic resistance `big threat to health`
Resistance to antibiotics is one of the greatest threats to modern health. BBC News discusses the "dos and don`ts" of antibiotic use for dealing with this threat.

Drug-resistant bacteria pose potential catastrophe, CDC warns
The Washington Post reports on the new CDC report “Antibiotic resistance threats in the United States, 2013”
 
We’ve Reached “The End of Antibiotics, Period”
FRONTLINE brings an intriguing interview with Dr. Arjun Srinivasan, an associate director at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Imagining the Post-Antibiotics Future
After 85 years, antibiotics are growing impotent. Maryn McKenna describes a terrifying picture of how medicine, agriculture and everyday life would look like if we lose these drugs entirely.