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Council for Science and Technology advises government on ways to tackle AMR

By May 21, 2024No Comments

The Council for Science and Technology have publicly provided the Prime Minister with five key priorities for tackling AMR. The group is co-chaired by Professor Dame Angela McLean, UK Government Chief Scientific Adviser, and Lord Browne of Madingley.

The Council’s email follows their recent meeting with Dame Sally Davies, UK Global Special Envoy for Antimicrobial Resistance. and the US President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, and the release of the UK’s AMR National Action Plan. It aims to focus the Prime Minister’s mind before the United Nations General Assembly High Level Meeting covering AMR in September.

The five recommendations are as follows:

  • Strengthening international coordination on AMR – the UK government should continue to work with like-minded partners to encourage greater UN focus and coordination on evidence-based approaches to combatting AMR.
  • Incentivising antimicrobial R&D for new treatments – the UK government should continue work with international partners to accelerate the development of market incentives to support pharmaceutical companies in antimicrobial drug development, approval, and implementation.
  • Investing in diagnostics – the UK diagnostics industry must be resourced sufficiently long-term and there are opportunities to increase adoption of innovative diagnostics and for the incentivisation of future diagnostic development. The UK government should address ongoing challenges facing the diagnostics sector, including the route to adoption in the NHS, reimbursement models, regulatory pathways, as well as current workforce and manufacturing and supply chains in the UK.
  • Developing skills and building capacity – the UK government should strengthen the UK’s capability to tackle AMR by investing in career pathways in academia, industry, and the NHS.
  •  Increasing public engagement – continued, long-term efforts on public engagement will be needed to ensure the responsible use of antimicrobials. This includes tailoring our national curriculum to improve education on the appropriate use of antibiotics from a young age.

BIVDA fully endorses the Council’s suggestions which are in line with our strategy. We have written to both co-chairs to welcome this intervention and have offered to aid them in any way we can to help embed these recommendations.

You can read the full correspondence here.

Ben Kemp