White House Releases the National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-resistant Bacteria

On March 27, the White House released the “National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-resistant Bacteria” to address the emergence of drug resistance in bacteria. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that drug-resistant bacteria cause two million illnesses and approximately 23,000 deaths each year in the United States alone.

Although its primary purpose is to guide activities by the U.S. government, the National Action Plan is also designed to guide action by public health, healthcare, and veterinary partners in a common effort to address urgent and serious drug-resistant threats that affect people in the United States and around the world. The National Action Plan will also result in improved antibiotic stewardship in healthcare settings, prevention of the spread of drug-resistant threats, elimination of the use of medically-important antibiotics for growth promotion in food animals, and expanded surveillance for drug-resistant bacteria in humans and animals.

Read the National Action Plan now.

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