The Eurobarometer Report 338 - Antimicrobial Resistance
Review, Surveillance data
The European Commission published two reports which demonstrate the need for further progress in the European Union on the issue of anti microbial resistance. The first is a pan-European survey which reveals some worrying trends in public attitudes towards the use of antibiotics. For example, 53% of Europeans surveyed still believe that antibiotics are effective against viruses and, of the 40% who claim to have taken antibiotics in the past year, over a third took them for a viral infection like a cold or the flu. The results indicate that citizens need more information on the correct use of antibiotics, even though 37% of respondents remember having received information on not overusing antibiotics in the last 12 months. The implementation report of the Council Recommendation (2002/77/EC) on the prudent use of antimicrobial agents in human medicine http://ec.europa.eu/health/antimicrobial_resistance/docs/amr_report2_en.pdf The second document is a progress report, adopted today, on the 2002 Council Recommendation on the prudent use of antibiotics. The report shows that good progress has been made - for example most Member States now have in place systems to monitor antimicrobial resistance and use of antibiotics – and stresses the importance of maintaining efforts to raise awareness amongst healthcare professionals and the public.