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AMR Declaration

15 November, 2017

Declaration by the In Vitro Diagnostics Industry on Tackling Antimicrobial Resistance – signed by Mr Belingard, Chairman of bioMérieux

November 2017 

The importance of in vitro diagnostics (IVDs) in tackling the antimicrobial resistance (AMR) challenge cannot be overstated.

While the widespread use of broad-spectrum antibiotics has helped to create multi-drug resistant strains of bacteria, greater adoption of IVDs would lead to a reduction in cases of unnecessary antibiotic prescribing by:  Reducing time to appropriate treatment decision;  Allowing for a more targeted use of therapy against infection.

Urgent action is required to halt AMR and we strongly urge healthcare professionals in the UK and Ireland to make use of the quick, accurate and effective IVDs already available to them. Until IVDs are more widely adopted, we will not be able to combat AMR effectively…..   The Declaration can be downloaded here.

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