To mark World Antibiotic Awareness Day, Jeremy joined other Parliamentarians, the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC) and the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) in taking part in an interactive drop in event in Parliament on tackling anti-microbial resistance (AMR).
Antibiotics have transformed healthcare, enabling infections to be treated and ensuring routine and complex surgeries are safe. However, increasing numbers of bacteria are becoming resistant to these treatments. Without action across the globe, 10 million people a year are projected to die from antibiotic-resistant infections by 2050.
In order to raise awareness around the global challenge of AMR, Jeremy learnt about the Science Museum’s ongoing exhibition ‘Superbugs: The Fight for Our Lives’, which explores humanity’s response to the unprecedented global threat of antibiotic resistance.
Commenting, Jeremy said: “A sustained and coordinated response is required from all in society in order to preserve the antibiotics we have and help accelerate efforts to discover and develop new ones. I am committed to joining the fight to help the UK remain a world leader in tackling AMR and I urge everyone to play their part by following some simple rules to help conserve the antibiotics we have. Always follow the advice of a healthcare professional before taking antibiotics, take them as prescribed, never share them and be aware that they do not treat coughs and colds.”