HDA UK Media And Political Bulletin – 22 May 2017

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G20 health ministers agree to tackle antibiotics resistance
The Mail Online, Gernot Heller, Madeline Chambers and Alison Williams, 20 May 2017

Health ministers of the G20 leading economies, meeting for the first time on Saturday, agreed to collaborate to tackle issues such as antibiotics resistance, and to implement national action plans by the end of 2018. Germany, which holds the G20 presidency this year, said it was an “important breakthrough” that all nations had agreed to address the problem and work towards obligatory prescriptions for antibiotics. The results of the meeting will contribute to a G20 leaders’ summit in Hamburg in July. The G20 also said they agreed to help improve access to affordable medicine in poorer countries.

Amazon closer to entering pharmacy market, reports suggest
P3 Pharmacy, 19 May 2017

Amazon is said to be developing concrete plans to enter the pharmaceutical sector. According to a CNBC report, two people familiar with the company’s plans say it is hiring a general manager to lead a pharmacy team, and that it is holding talks with industry experts. Amazon recently started selling medical supplies and equipment in the U.S, and, according to an April report in Japan Times, it now sells medicines on its Japanese site with approval from a pharmacist. Amazon has been partnering with Celesio UK to offer healthcare products to customers.

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G20 health ministers agree to tackle antibiotics resistance
The Daily Mail Online, Gernot Heller, Madeline Chambers and Alison Williams, 20 May 2017

Health ministers of the G20 leading economies, meeting for the first time on Saturday, agreed to work together to tackle issues such as a growing resistance to antibiotics and to start implementing national action plans by the end of 2018.

Germany, which holds the G20 presidency this year, said it was an “important breakthrough” that all nations had agreed to address the problem and work towards obligatory prescriptions for antibiotics.

Saying that globalisation caused infectious diseases to spread more quickly than previously, the 20 nations also pledged to strengthen health systems and improve their ability to react to pandemics and other health risks.

“By putting global health on the agenda of the G20 we affirm our role in strengthening the political support for existing initiatives and working to address the economic aspects of global health issues,” the communique said.

The results of the meeting will feed into a G20 leaders’ summit in Hamburg in July.
While the discovery of antibiotics has provided cures for many bacterial infections that had previously been lethal, over-prescription has led to the evolution of resistance strains of many bacteria.

An EU report last year found that newly resistant strains of bacteria were responsible for more than 25,000 deaths a year in the 28-member bloc alone.

Germany has argued that even having a discussion about it will help raise public awareness about the problem. The G20 also said they agreed to help improve access to affordable medicine in poorer countries.

Amazon closer to entering pharmacy market, reports suggest
P3 Pharmacy, 19 May 2017

Sources close to Amazon say that the company, which has reportedly had its sights on the pharmacy market for some time, is now developing concrete plans to crack the sector.

According to a CNBC report, two people familiar with the company’s plans say it is hiring a general manager to head up a pharmacy team and develop its strategy, and that it is holding talks with industry experts.

Industry figures have said that while Amazon might meet obstacles in cracking such a crowded and heavily regulated market, if it succeeds it stands to make significant amounts of revenue. The company has recently started selling medical supplies and equipment in the U.S, and, according to an April report in Japan Times, now sells medicines on its Japanese site with approval from a pharmacist.

In the UK, Celesio UK has been partnering with Amazon to offer healthcare products to customers.

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