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Pfizer Targets Growing Global Public Health Threat of Antimicrobial Resistance

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Lahore: Pfizer Pakistan in recognition of World Antibiotic Awareness Week (WAAW),
12–18 November 2018, today reaffirms its commitment to working with industry partners and
policymakers to help prevent and combat the global public health threat of antimicrobial resistance
(AMR). Medical experts, including the World Health Organization (WHO), agree that if no action is
taken, AMR is estimated to result in approximately 10 million deaths globally each year by 2050.
AMR can affect anyone, of any age, in any country. It occurs when pathogens change and find ways
to resist the effects of antibiotics. The pathogens survive, grow and spread their resistance. 1 This
process of adaptation leads to AMR. If no solution is found, the consequences of AMR could be
devastating. Minor infections and injuries could become life-threating, and serious infections such as
pneumonia could become impossible to treat. Further, many routine medical procedures could be
too risky to perform because of the risk of becoming infected while in hospital by a multi-drug
resistant pathogen.
SM Wajeeh, Country Manager for Pfizer Pakistan said; “We at Pfizer are fully cognizant of this
important issue of Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR) and have been working with relevant
stakeholders to make our contribution towards managing it. On the occasion of World Antibiotic
Awareness Week 2018, we are pleased to partner up with MMIDSP, which is leading the way for
creating awareness on AMR in Pakistan. Pfizer core values remain focused on our patient’s wellness,
and we are working together on projects that positively impact overall health in Pakistan.”

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