Resistance to antimicrobial agents is inevitable and irreversible, a natural consequence of bacterial cell adaptation to exposure to antimicrobials. The overuse of antimicrobial agents in medicine, production of food animals and crop protection have caused increasing resistance to those agents.
As existing antimicrobial agents decline in effectiveness, infections will be more difficult and expensive to treat and epidemics harder to control. The World Health Organization (WHO) projects the terrifying prospect of 10 million AMR-related deaths per year globally by 2050.
Key Causes of AMR:
- Over-perscription of antimicrobials.
- Shortened courses or incomplete compliance with antimicrobial treatment.
- Antimicrobial overuse in livestock and fish farming.
- Poor infection control in health care settings.
- Poor hygiene and sanitation.
- Limited discovery of new antimicrobials.
Understanding the Problem
- ASM Comments on CARB Working Group Meeting on Antibiotic Resistance
- ASM Letter Concerning U.N. Meeting on Antimicrobial Resistance
- Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act
- Pioneering Antimicrobial Subscriptions to End Upsurging Resistance (PASTEUR Act)
- Strategies to Address Antimicrobial Resistance (STAAR) Act
Hear From Experts
Amy Mathers, M.D., an associate professor of medicine and pathology at the University of Virginia, studies how drug-resistant bacteria can reside in hospital sinks and what simple steps make hospitals safer for patients. Mathers also discusses her work on Klebsiella, a bacterial pathogen for the modern era.
EiC invites trainees, who will be the next generation of outstanding researchers in the field of AMR, to discuss pathways to work on antimicrobial resistance.
Panel DiscussionsJoin experts in antimicrobial agents and resistance (AAR) for a discussion on the latest issues impacting the field. Each quarter, panelists will gather for a 1-hour virtual panel discussion on a predetermined topic. This quarterly panel is free for ASM members.
Antimicrobial Agents and Resistance Discussions