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WAAR (World Alliance against Antibiotic Resistance): Safeguarding antibiotics

Jean Carlet1*, Claude Rambaud2, Céline Pulcini34 and on behalf of WAAR, international section of the Alliance Contre le développement des Bactéries Multi-résistantes (AC-de-BMR)

Author Affiliations

1 WAAR, 9 rue de la Terrasse, 94000, Creteil, France

2 LIEN, 24 rue de Silly, Boulogne-Billancourt, 92100, France

3 CHU de Nice, Service d’infectiologie, Nice, France

4 Université Nice-Sophia Antipolis, Faculté de médecine de Nice, Nice, France

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Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control 2012, 1:25  doi:10.1186/2047-2994-1-25

Published: 9 July 2012

Abstract

Resistance to antibiotics has increased recently to a dramatic extend, and the pipeline of new antibiotics is almost dry for the five next years. Failures happen already for trivial community acquired infections, like pyelonephritis, or peritonitis, and this is likely to increase. Difficult surgical procedures, transplants, and other immunosuppressive therapies will become far more risky. Resistance is mainly due to an excessive usage of antibiotics, in all sectors, including the animal one. Action is urgently needed. Therefore, an alliance against MDRO has been recently created, which includes health care professionals, consumers, health managers, and politicians. The document highlights the different proposed measures, and represents a strong consensus between the different professionals, including general practicionners, and veterinarians.