The UN is hosting a summit on anti-microbial resistance today, 21 September 2016.
Professor Hilary Thomas says: “The impact of AMR on our livelihoods and wellbeing is very real. KPMG’s report The global economic impact of anti-microbial resistance details four possible scenarios for the impact of AMR on the world’s economy. The most severe scenario modelled projected to see world GDP $US14,228 billion lower in 2050, the equivalent of more than the whole economies of China, Russia and India wiped out together based on their current size.
“AMR could influence the choices we make around our health, and we need much greater awareness among patients. For example, without effective antibiotics the risk of carrying out elective operations could far outweigh the benefits. We will put up with hip pain, as the risk of infection following a hip replacement will be too great. For an ageing population living longer thanks to advances in medical procedures this could have a knock-on effect for life expectancy. Patients need to be questioning their doctor or pharmacist every time they are prescribed antibiotics.
“The current commercial model in the life sciences industry is not fit for purpose in a world where we face widespread antibiotic resistance. We need life sciences to work with government and academia to create better commercial models, develop new antibiotics and control the use of existing antibiotics more carefully.”
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