Health Commissioner: Lack of awareness on antimicrobial resistance highlights the need to intensify EU action

Jun 30th, 2016

On June16, the European Commission published a Special Eurobarometer survey, showing a decrease of 6% in the consumption of antibiotics but at the same time a persistent lack of awareness on their effects. A majority of Europeans (57%) are unaware that antibiotics are ineffective against viruses. The Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis states that this shows that there is an issue of awareness.

“The EU should continue its global involvement in fighting AMR. // I look forward to seeing all Member States have an Action Plan on AMR in place by next year. I am confident this will help to tackle the issue. We really need action on this urgently!”, said Andriukaitis.

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