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Administration Releases Plan to Combat Antibiotic Resistance

The Obama administration released March 27 the National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria. This comprehensive action plan guides federal departments and agencies as they combat the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. This builds on President Obama’s National Strategy on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria, which was introduced through a September 2014 executive order. The strategy calls for health care providers, public health agencies, patients, and other stakeholders to coordinate efforts to prevent and contain outbreaks of antibiotic-resistant infections, maintain the effectiveness of antibiotics, and develop and deploy new diagnostics, antibiotics, and vaccines.

President Obama proposed to increase funding to $1.2 billion for combating and preventing antibiotic resistance in his fiscal year (FY) 2016 budget request to support the strategies outlined in the action plan..

Contact Beth Feldpush, DrPH, senior vice president of policy and advocacy, at bfeldpush@essentialhospitals.org or 202.585.0111 with questions.

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Matt Buechner is the policy and advocacy associate for America's Essential Hospitals.