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(1991; 1 page)
This article recognizes the Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics (APUA) on its tenth anniversary. Established in 1981 following a meeting in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, the APUA aims to address the growing problem of antibiotic resistance. The alliance consists of professionals in a variety of disciplines, including researchers, veterinarians, public health workers and dentists. At the time of the article, APUA had over 70 member countries. The Alliance’s main function is to disseminate information to the public and media on antibiotic use, misuse and resistance through a newsletter and by responding to inquiries. Since its establishment, the problem of resistance has increased. One of the Alliance’s largest contributions to antibiotic resistance research and awareness was the creation of the Antibiobank, a data retrieval system for antibiotic use and resistance categorized by organism and country. Another major development was the Task Force study on “Antibiotic Use and Resistance Worldwide” supported by the Fogarty International Center of the U.S. National Institutes of Health. This study was a three-year project that gathered information on six issues relating to antibiotic use and resistance. Moving forward, APUA hopes to expand membership, create a Spanish version of the newsletter, and refine the Antibiobank so that it may be used as a global resource of information.
Abstract written by M. Tobin, 2013.