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White House Issues Strategy to Combat Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria

25 September 2014

US - The National Pork Producers Council issued a statement agreeing with the President’s actions by acknowledging that “more epidemiological research is needed to understand the key drivers of increased antibiotic resistance.”

The President’s Council of Advisours on Science and Technology (PCAST) released a report to the President, Combating Antibiotic Resistance.

The report was released simultaneously with a National Strategy on Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria as well as with a Presidential Executive Order, emphasising to the Nation the importance of addressing this growing challenge.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) estimates that annually at least two million illnesses and 23,000 deaths are caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the United States alone.

The Executive Order states that “detecting, preventing, and controlling antibiotic resistance requires a strategic, coordinated, and sustained effort. It also depends on the engagement of governments, academia, industry, healthcare providers, the general public, and the agricultural community, as well as international partners.

"Success in this effort will require significant efforts to: minimise the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria; preserve the efficacy of new and existing antibacterial drugs; advance research to develop improved methods for combating antibiotic resistance and conducting antibiotic stewardship; strengthen surveillance efforts in public health and agriculture; develop and promote the use of new, rapid diagnostic technologies;

"accelerate scientific research and facilitate the development of new antibacterial drugs, vaccines, diagnostics, and other novel therapeutics; maximise the dissemination of the most up-to-date information on the appropriate and proper use of antibiotics to the general public and healthcare providers;

"Work with the pharmaceutical industry to include information on the proper use of over-the-counter and prescription antibiotic medications for humans and animals; and improve international collaboration and capabilities for prevention, surveillance, stewardship, basic research, and drug and diagnostics development.”


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