White House announces plan to fight antibiotic resistance

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

March 31, 2015

The White House on Friday announced long-term plans to combat and prevent antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

The emergence of drug resistance in bacteria is undermining the effectiveness of current antibiotics and our ability to treat and prevent disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that drug-resistant bacteria cause 2 million illnesses and approximately 23,000 deaths each year in the United States.

The long-term plan, National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria (NAP), outlines a five-year approach to addressing the issue:

  1. Slow the emergence of resistant bacteria and prevent the spread of resistant infections
  2. Strengthen national “One-Health” surveillance efforts
  3. Advance development and use of rapid and innovative diagnostic tests
  4. Accelerate basic and applied research and development
  5. Improve international collaboration and capacities

Read the full release at www.whitehouse.gov.