The Center for Disease Control (CDC), joined by 25 other American health groups, released a Joint Statement on Antibiotic Resistance. The Joint Statement was released as part of the CDC’s Get Smart About Antibiotics Week, an effort launched in 2008 to educate the public about antibiotic overuse and antibiotic resistance. Get Smart About Antibiotics Week is one of many projects coordinated by the Interagency Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance, which is co-chaired by the CDC, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the National Institutes of Health.

In the Joint Statement, the CDC notes that antibiotic resistance “threatens to return us to an era where simple bacterial infections will once again be deadly.” The Joint Statement commits signators to 12 principles related to conservation and preservation of antibiotics, including:

  • Coordination among stakeholders in antibiotic stewardship,
  • Investment in research to deepen understanding of trends in antibiotic resistance and use and to refine the definition of appropriate antibiotic use,
  • Improved surveillance for drug-resistant infections,
  • Cooperation with regulatory, veterinary and industry partners to promote judicious use of antibiotics in food animals and to reinforce judicious use of antibiotics in agriculture.

In a related effort, the FDA announced the formation of an internal Antibacterial Drug Development Task Force to facilitate development of new antibacterial drugs in September 2012. Earlier this year, the FDA was ordered by a federal judge to continue withdrawal proceedings for subtherapeutic use of certain antibiotics in livestock. See our earlier coverage that decision here.

The organizations that joined the CDC in signing this joint statement are:

Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics

American Academy of Pediatrics

American Academy of Physician Assistants

American Academy of Urgent Care Medicine

American Medical Directors Association

American Public Health Association

American Society of Health System Pharmacists

Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc.

Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Consumers Union

Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists

Infectious Diseases Society of America

Institute for Healthcare Improvement

National Association of County and City Health Officials

National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration in Long Term Care

National Association of Public Hospitals

Pediatric Infectious Disease Society

Public Health Foundation

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Society of Hospital Medicine

The Pew Charitable Trusts

The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America

The Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists

Trust for America’s Health