Public opinion poll (US): 70%+ agree need for government intervention addressing AMR, including support for AMR R&D

Dear All: IDSA and Research!America have worked together to conduct a broadly representative opinion poll in the United States regarding AMR. The project was supported by Pfizer and surveyed 1,004 adults in the US during October 2018. Key results:

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Less encouraging but probably an improvement from the past, 1/3rd of respondents thought antibiotics were effective for viral infections. We need to continue to educate!

For more materials…

  1. Press release (12 Nov 2018) is here.
  2. A PowerPoint (.pdf) of all the data is here.
  3. A summary infographic is here.
    • It came as part of materials released to the press … I can’t find it online so have posted my copy.
    • I took the figure just above from this infographic.
  4. A useful Fact Sheet is here.
    • This lacks a date but appears to be from 2017 or later based on its citations.
    • The fact sheet features a great quote from Mary Lasker: “If you think research is expensive, try disease.”

All in all, a very useful set of talking points. As I am reminded regularly, the time for action is NOW!

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/

Upcoming meetings of interest to the AMR community:

  • 19-20 Nov 2018 (Accra, Ghana): Call to Action on Antimicrobial Resistance. Latest agenda here. To attend, contact AMRCalltoAction@wellcome.ac.uk.
  • 21 Nov 2018 (London): NICE- & APBI-sponsored masterclass: “Using non-randomised data to estimate treatment effects in NICE submissions”. Details here.
  • 29-30 Nov 2018 (Birmingham, UK): BSAC (British Society Antimicrobial Chemotherapy): Antibiotic Resistance Mechanisms Workshop for Researchers
  • 7 Dec 2018 (Boston, MA): BAARN, Boston Area Antimicrobial Resistance Network 2018 symposium, 8:30am to 7pm at The Starr Center (185 Cambridge Street, Boston, MA). This is an excellent networking opportunity, especially for those based in the Boston area. Register here.
  • 15 Jan 2018 (London): BSAC’s Antimicrobial Chemotherapy Conference 2019: “An ABC for everyone involved in developing new antimicrobials.” Details here.
  • 14-15 Mar 2019 (Berlin): BEAM– and ND4BB-ENABLE-sponsored Berlin Conference on Novel Antimicrobials and AMR Diagnostics. Details here.
  • 21-22 Mar 2019 (Birmingham, UK): BSAC Spring Conference.
  • [NEW] 19-27 Oct 2019 (Annecy, France): International Course on Antibiotics and Resistance (ICARe) – A soup-to-nuts intensive residential training program on all things AMR, especially R&D for new antibiotics. See this link for details.

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