EU Reforms Include ‘Prudent-Use’ Targets For Cuts To Antibiotic Consumption
The European Commission says at least 65% of all human consumption of antibiotics should be of products that come under the World Health Organization’s AWaRe (Access, Watch, Reserve) classification, which have a lower risk of resistance.
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The European Parliament and the Council of the EU are preparing their positions on the planned overhaul of the EU medicines legislation ahead of discussions that are expected to take two to three years.
AESGP Annual Meeting: OTC Antifungals, Antivirals Could Become Rx In EU
The European Commission shocked participants at this year's AESGP Annual Meeting by warning that OTC antifungals, like treatments for athlete’s foot, and OTC antivirals, like cold sore creams, could soon become prescription-only within the region, under proposed revisions to the EU pharma legislation. There is hope, however. The proposals are still open to feedback from industry, the AESGP points out, and even if this proposal becomes law, member states can waive this prescription requirement under certain conditions.
UK Offers Fresh Funding For New Drugs & Vaccines Against AMR
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