Hospital Pharmacists and Combatting Antimicrobial Resistance

Prudent use of antimicrobial drugs through antibiotic stewardship to ensure efficient therapy for patients with life threatening infections

The escalating threat of antimicrobial resistance is a global public health concern and now seriously jeopardises the effectiveness of standard treatments, rendering some ineffective for their approved indications. EAHP calls on national governments and health system managers to utilise the specialised background and knowledge of the hospital pharmacists in multi-professional antibiotic stewardship teams. This includes enabling and promoting the profession to make direct interventions within multidisciplinary care teams such as reviewing antibiotic duration, advising on the cessation of inappropriate antibiotic treatments, and educating other healthcare professionals on the restricted use of certain antibiotics.

In relation to new antibiotics EAHP urges increased investment to support the development of innovative proposals and the encouragement of practice-based research projects to investigate new fields of infectious disease control such as immunotherapy and to optimise the cost-effectiveness of systems for surveillance on antibiotic use and resistance. Moreover, governments should make arrangements to maintain essential antibiotics on the market with contingency stock level arrangements and to enable alternative production by hospital pharmacists where necessary.

In addition, to the strengthening of antimicrobial stewardship in human medicine and the importance of research and development, EAHP' position paper recommends the universal application of infection prevention and control measures by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) among healthcare professionals.

In relation to the One Health approach of the European Commission, EAHP strongly supports regulatory oversight and proper implementation of measures in the veterinary and agriculture sectors on European, national and local level.

EAHP's position paper on antimicrobial resistance is available HERE


Last update: 13 June 2018