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RCP-supported antibiotics alliance wins EU prize

A Royal College of Physicians (RCP)-supported antibiotics alliance has won an EU prize for efforts to reduce the threat of antimicrobial resistance. 

The Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics – which RCP joined last year - has been awarded second prize in the European Health Award for NGOs fighting antimicrobial resistance – a prize which aims to reward outstanding initiatives by NGOs which have significantly reduced the threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) to human health.

The alliance received the €15,000 prize for its campaign to end the routine prophylactic mass-medication of farm animals. To support this campaign, RCP president Professor Jane Dacre joined 50 health and scientific leaders from across Europe in calling for an EU ban on the routine, preventative mass medication of healthy farm animals. 

The prize was awarded by Dr Vytenis Andriukaitis, European commissioner for health and food safety, at an award ceremony hosted by the University of Leuven in Belgium on 6 February 2017.