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The road to UNGA 2024 is paved with … reports!

Dear All, We’re now well into the run-up to the HLM (High-Level Meeting) on AMR during UNGA 2024 (the UN General Assembly, September 2024, see the 15 Apr 2023 newsletter for details). In preparation, reports providing data to support policy and decision-making are continuing to appear. Today, for example, GCOA and IDSA released their report entitled “2024

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EMA-FDA-PMDA action + Podcasts (CDD, Pew) + NEJM on non-inferiority

Dear All: Several updates today, all on the theme of good things to know or share! First, EMA, FDA, and PMDA are continuing to meet and have released a summary of their third tripartite meeting. The key message is alignment: alignment on trial designs for key indications, alignment on pediatric programs, and alignment on single global development programs! This is

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FORWARD Act, PREVENT Act, new NIAID RFP!

Dear All, Our US government colleagues have been busy! Three things back-to-back: First, the FORWARD Act (Finding Orphan-disease Remedies With Antifungal Research and Development Act of 2022”) was introduced in the US Senate on 13 Jan 2021 as S.3498 by Sens. Kelly, Sinema, and Feinstein. You’ve got to admire the acronymics! The Senate bill is the

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$50-100k grants to address socioeconomic outcome disparities due to AMR-related factors

Dear All, I was fascinated to see Mayo Clinic’s Global Bridges Healthcare Alliance release an RFP on 21 Oct entitled “Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) Programs to Address Health Inequities arising from Socioeconomic Disparities in USA, Europe, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand.” The RFP is supported by a grant from Pfizer and seeks to “… solicit programs that have

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Implementation Handbook on National Action Plans from WHO

Dear All, Continuing on the theme of helping countries develop their own national action plans, WHO released the “WHO implementation handbook for national action plans on antimicrobial resistance: guidance for the human health sector“. The handbook has some great infographics like the one below and will shortly be translated into French, Spanish, and Russian. There

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ARPEGE: New €17m French Consortium tackles economics, diagnostics, and therapeutics

Dear All, On 6 Jan 2022, we had the announcement of the creation of in France of the ARPEGE consortium (AppRoche théraPeutique Economique & diaGnostique de l’antibiorésistancE) or “Economic, diagnostic and therapeutic approach to antibiotic resistance.” Somebody definitely had fun with that acronym! Here’s what you need to know: The French government is providing €9m of

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G7 Finance Ministers call for Pull; US-specific text cites PASTEUR and a PASTEUR backup plan!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0-xt3FrAGU&ab_channel=AMR.SolutionswithDr.JohnRex Dear All, VERY exciting news on the Pull incentive front: The G7 Finance Ministers have released a statement on Actions to Support Antibiotic Development, aiming to strengthen G7 preparedness against the “silent pandemic” of antimicrobial resistance. Implicitly, this is a statement that is agreed and endorsed by the political leadership of each country —

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Updated ATMF AMR Benchmark! Signs of progress but access lags

Dear All (and with thanks to ATMF’s Damiano de Felice for co-authoring this newsletter), Last week, the team at ATMF (Access to Medicine Foundation) released a 3rd update to the AMR Benchmark series that they started in 2018. For those not familiar with the ATMF, its independent analyses (all its funding is from governments or private

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WHO Essential Medicines List (EML): Antibiotic Book promotes AWaReness

Dear All, WHO have released for consultation an updated draft of their EML (Essential Medicines List) Antibiotic handbook. For those not familiar with it, WHO’s EML (now in its 22nd edition!) provides a guide to a core set of medicines that every country should have. The antibiotic-focused version does this for antibiotics and then adds

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