Appropriate Antibiotic Use
Be Antibiotics Aware is a national effort to help fight antibiotic resistance and improve antibiotic prescribing and use.
Antibiotics save lives, but any time antibiotics are used, they can cause side effects and lead to antibiotic resistance. In U.S. doctors’ offices and emergency departments, at least 47 million antibiotic prescriptions each year are unnecessary, which makes improving antibiotic prescribing and use a national priority.
Many antibiotics prescribed in doctors’ offices, clinics, and other outpatient settings are not needed. CDC focuses on appropriate prescribing and use for common illnesses in children and adults.
Many patients in hospitals, nursing homes, and other healthcare facilities receive antibiotics to fight infections, but these drugs are often prescribed incorrectly. CDC helps clinicians prescribe the right drug for the right patient at the right dose and time.
CDC promotes appropriate use of antibiotics in animals, serves as a liaison among the public health community, veterinarians, and food animal producers, and builds relationships with the animal agriculture industry within the United States.
An annual observance to raise awareness of the threat of antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic prescribing and use...
These frameworks offer providers and facilities a set of key principles to guide efforts to improve antibiotic use and, therefore, advance patient safety and improve outcomes.
Antibiotics save lives, but any time they are used, they can lead to antibiotic resistance. CDC is working to combat this threat through its Antibiotic Resistance Solutions Initiative. Find out how you can help.
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