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Drug resistance is taking us back to the pre-antibiotics era. Bacteria and viruses can become resistant to medication (also known as anti-microbial resistance or AMR) due to insufficient or inappropriate usage. The Economist Intelligence Unit in its 2019 report “It’s Time to End Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis” asserts that by the year 2050, drug-resistant TB could account for 2.5 million deaths annually.1
Otsuka takes rigorous steps to curb resistance to antibiotics. We have created an Anti-Microbial Resistance task force to monitor and continuously improve stewardship and rational use of our products.
Our stewardship achievements are acknowledged in the AMR Benchmark 2020, a survey of 30 global pharmaceutical companies. The Benchmark is conducted by the Access to Medicine Foundation, funded by the UK and Dutch governments.2
1. The Economist Intelligence Unit Report. It’s Time to End Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis: The case for action,2019. Available at: https://pages.eiu.com/rs/753-RIQ-438/images/its-time-to-end-drug-resistant-tuberculosis-full-report.pdf (accessed 02 December 2020) 2. Access to Medicine Foundation. Antimicrobial Resistance Benchmark 2020. Available at: https://accesstomedicinefoundation.org/media/uploads/downloads/5f3f76733efaa_Antimicrobial_Resistance_Benchmark_2020.pdf (accessed 02 December 2020) Information current as of 30-12-2020 Reference ONP-COP-2000001