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Administration Announces Actions to Combat Antibiotic Resistance

The Obama administration has announced several steps it’s taking toward combating antibiotic-resistant bacteria. First, the administration released its National Strategy for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria.The strategy intends to enhance antibiotic stewardship; strengthen national surveillance capabilities; and expand the types of diagnostics, antibiotics, and other countermeasures available to combat resistant bacteria. The five goals of the strategy are as follows:

  1. slow the emergence and prevent the spread of resistant bacteria
  2. strengthen national efforts to identify and report cases of antibiotic resistance
  3. advance the development and use of rapid diagnostic tests for the identification and characterization of antibiotic-resistant bacteria
  4. accelerate basic and applied research and development for new antibiotics as well as other therapeutics and vaccines
  5. improve international collaboration, capacities for antibiotic-resistance prevention, surveillance, control, and antibiotic research and development

President Obama also signed an executive order that directs federal departments and agencies to implement the strategy. It also establishes a task force and a presidential advisory council on the topic.

Finally, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) released a related report on combating antibiotic resistance that provides recommendations.

The Obama administration believes that these three steps will significantly help the federal government curb the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, potentially saving thousands of lives.

Please contact Shawn Gremminger, MPP, director of legislative affairs, at sgremminger@essentialhosptials.org or 202.585.0112 with questions.

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