Acino recognizes World Antimicrobial Resistance Awareness Week 2023
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a global health concern that threatens the effectiveness of antibiotics and other antimicrobial medicines. It has the potential to render common infections untreatable and significantly increase the risk of complications and death.
AMR occurs when bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites develop resistance to the medicines used to treat them. The resistance develops when these microorganisms adapt and change, making the drugs ineffective in killing or inhibiting their growth. This can happen through genetic mutations, transfer of resistance genes, or by the selection and survival of resistant strains.
The rise of AMR is primarily attributed to the misuse and overuse of antimicrobial drugs in humans, animals, and agriculture. Inappropriate prescriptions, self-medication, incomplete treatment courses, and the use of antibiotics in livestock and aquaculture contribute to the emergence and spread of drug-resistant microorganisms.
The consequences of AMR are alarming. It prolongs illnesses, increases healthcare costs, and decreases the efficacy of life-saving treatments. Infections that were once easily treated may become difficult or impossible to manage, leading to prolonged hospital stays, higher mortality rates, and reduced quality of life for patients.
Addressing AMR requires a comprehensive and coordinated approach at local, national, and global levels. Education and awareness campaigns are crucial in informing healthcare professionals, patients, and the general public about the dangers of AMR and the importance of responsible antibiotic use. By taking proactive measures, Acino aims to preserve the effectiveness of antimicrobial drugs and maintain our ability to treat and prevent infections, safeguarding the health of present and future generations.