CED EU INFO 2015/02


Issue 2 - May 2015

 

€1 million prize for a diagnostic test to combat antibiotic resistance

On 26 February, the European Commission announced the award of €1 million prize to the person or team that develops a rapid test to tell whether a patient needs to be treated with antibiotics or not. The aim is to stop the overuse of antibiotics and halt the growing resistance of micro-organisms to them that causes 25 000 deaths and over €1.5 billion in healthcare expenses and productivity losses every year in Europe alone.


With such a test, doctors will be able to quickly determine whether patients with upper respiratory tract infections (such as the common cold, bronchitis and otitis) can be treated safely without antibiotics. Upper respiratory tract infections are a major reason for the prescription of antibiotics, even though many of these infections are due to viruses, against which antibiotics are neither effective nor necessary.

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