Dear All: On 7-9 Mar 2018, the Transatlantic Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance (TATFAR) will meet in Atlanta, GA to discuss:
What is TATFAR? Created in 2009, TATFAR comprises AMR-focused government-level experts from Canada, the European Union (EU), Norway, and the United States. CDC maintains the secretariat for the group. TATFAR is currently working on implementation of a set of policy recommendations that span antibiotic use (human & veterinary), infection prevention, and strategies for improving the pipeline of new therapeutic options.
There's no public agenda for the full meeting, but I infer that the focus is on reviewing progress to date and the need for any updates to TATFAR's current policy recommendations. It's great to see our government partners maintaining steady effort on the important problem of antimicrobial-resistant infections!
Why does a meeting of TATFAR matter? As a lot of the needed change requires government-level action, having a knowledgeable and engaged government-based effort is critical for any progress. No, we don't yet have the drugs we need -- but we do have a lot of push incentives, a growing pipeline of both traditional and non-traditional products, and a supportive regulatory environment. No, we don't yet have pull incentives -- but the recent DRIVE-AB reports plus the prior work of the UK AMR Review and the Duke-Margolis project on incentives are driving substantive conversations on both sides of the Atlantic.
In short, the very existence of this group is one of many positive signs in this space. I hope you can make time to dial-in to get a feel for what our government-based colleagues are doing. My own view is that the overall trajectory gives hope that we may yet have the tools needed for ourselves, our children, and our grandchildren.
Many thanks to all who engaged with making this happen! All best wishes, --jr
John H. Rex, MD | Chief Medical Officer, F2G Ltd. | Expert-in-Residence, Wellcome Trust. Follow me on Twitter: @JohnRex_NewAbx. See past newsletters and subscribe for the future: http://amr.solutions/blog-index.html
Upcoming meetings of interest to the AMR community: