Improving Antibiotic Use

CDC is working to promote appropriate antibiotic use by helping prescribers use the right antibiotic, at the right dose, for the right duration, and at the right time, and reduce unnecessary antibiotic use.

Improving the way we prescribe and use antibiotics, or “antibiotic stewardship,” is critical to effectively treat infections, protect patients from harms caused by unnecessary antibiotic use, and combat antibiotic resistance. The United States has made some progress in improving antibiotic prescribing and use in human health, but many opportunities remain.

Information on improving antibiotic use to treat tuberculosis and gonorrhea, and how to improve diagnosis of valley fever.

Improving Antibiotic Use to Treat Tuberculosis

Improving Antibiotic Use to Treat Gonorrhea

Improving Diagnosis of Valley Fever