Inaugural meeting of the APPG on Antibiotics

The 11th and 12th June were landmark days for the field of antimicrobial chemotherapy.  On 11th June over 100 invited delegates from parliament, learned societies and industry gathered in Committee Room 12 at the House of Commons for the APPG on Science and Technology meeting on Antibiotics.  The assembled audience heard from  Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer, UK , Dr Nicholas Brown,  President of BSAC,  and senior pharmaceutical industry representative, Dr Richard Bax on the challenges of antimicrobial resistance and activities known and required to replenish the antibiotic pipeline.  The meeting, which was followed by a wine reception and dinner at which debate and discussion continued, demonstrating the level of interest in the area and served to highlight the urgent need to address the dual issues of antibiotic resistance and the near empty antibiotic pipeline.

The meeting provided a perfect backdrop to the inaugural meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Antibiotics, held at the House of Commons on the 12th June.  The establishment of the APPG fulfilled one of the outcomes of the BSAC Urgent Need Initiative, and was the culmination of work to date by Antibiotic Action.

Jamie Reed MP, Shadow Minister for Health, was elected as Chair, Kevin Barron, MP was elected  Vice Chair and Baroness Masham of Ilton was elected as Secretary to the group.  A further twenty three qualifying cross party members from the House of Commons and House of Lords have signed up to serve on the APPG.  The British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy is proud to be acting as secretariat to the group which will provide an important platform from which to brief and engage parliamentarians and wider audiences about what can be done to preserve our existing antibiotics through education on appropriate prescribing and appropriate use and to replenish the antibiotic pipeline.

The terms and objectives of the group, and minutes of the inaugural meeting are available on the AAPG on Antibiotics page on the Antibiotic Action website.