Date: 14 November 2017
Members of the public are being encouraged to hand over any unused antibiotics as part of an annual amnesty aimed at tackling resistant bugs.
The NIHR Health Protection Research Unit (HPRU) in Healthcare Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance at Imperial College London is holding the amnesty in support of World Antibiotic Awareness Week.
The campaign, led by the World Health Organization (WHO), aims to raise awareness of the rise of bacterial infections that no longer respond to antibiotic treatment.
Members of the public can hand in unwanted and unused antibiotics at high street pharmacies around the country, as well as at the HPRU’s stand at Imperial College London, pharmacies at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, and the Science Museum.
Professor Alison Holmes, Director of the NIHR HRPU in Healthcare Associated Infection and Antimicrobial Resistance, said: “Antibiotic resistance is a serious global threat and we are already seeing its impact first hand in the NHS. The amnesty is a great way to engage the public on what they can do to help prevent it and we are delighted that high street chemists are supporting this initiative.”
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