The community pharmacy contribution to tackling antimicrobial resistance
The emerging and steady increase of microbes that are resistant to antimicrobials has become a global public health concern that threatens the effective treatment of infectious diseases.
PGEU President Duarte Santos stated: “Despite the ongoing COVID-19 crisis we cannot afford to lower our guard in the fight against antimicrobial resistance (AMR). If this crisis has taught us one thing, it is that having access to adequate prevention, screening and treatment options for infectious diseases is one of the most important assets for our societies.
Community pharmacists are ready to enhance their contribution to keep antibiotics working and to help strengthening Europe’s health systems in their response to AMR. They already play pivotal roles in counselling patients and promoting antimicrobial stewardship. They provide preventative action, screening, referral, disposal, treatment in the pharmacy and constantly strive for quality improvements and innovation in pharmacy practice.
On the occasion of the annual European Antibiotic Awareness Day and World Antimicrobial Awareness Week, we want to offer policy makers with tangible solutions and examples of how they can make better use of community pharmacy teams working at the heart of communities to help in tackling AMR.”
To maximise the contribution that community pharmacists are making in tackling AMR and encouraging the prudent use of antimicrobials, PGEU calls upon the EU Institutions and the Member States to:
 Coordinated interventions designed to improve and measure the appropriate use of antimicrobial agents by promoting the selection of the optimal antimicrobial drug regimen including dosing, duration of therapy and route of administration