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
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