Each year in the United States more than 266 million prescriptions for antibiotics are written in doctors' offices and emergency rooms. Studies show 30% of these antibiotics are not needed and can actually be harmful.
11/16/2016 5:24:00 AM
GET SMART ABOUT ANTIBIOTICS WEEK, an annual one-week observance starting on Monday, November 16, raises awareness of the threat of antibiotic resistance and the importance of improving antibiotic use.
11/16/2015 5:04:00 AM
The latest CDC Vital Signs includes mathematical modeling that predicts increases in drug-resistant infections and Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) without immediate, nationwide improvements in infection control and antibiotic prescribing.
8/4/2015 11:31:00 AM
Infections caused by resistant bacteria have become more common, and many bacteria have become resistant to multiple antibiotics. In fact, each year more than two million people in the United States get infections that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die as a result.
11/5/2014 9:17:00 AM
White House Announces National Strategy for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria - Digital Press Kit
One year ago, CDC issued a landmark report sounding the alarm on the top drug-resistant threats to human health. The announcement this morning of the President's Executive Order and the National Strategy to Combat Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria marks the administration's response to one of the most urgent health threats facing us today - antibiotic resistance.
9/18/2014 10:33:00 AM
Antibiotics can be lifesaving, but poor prescribing practices put hospital patients at risk for preventable allergic reactions, super-resistant infections, and deadly diarrhea caused by Clostridium difficile. These practices also drive antibiotic resistance, further endangering the future of these miracle drugs and the patients who need them. For some hospital patients, it is already too late. We must change prescribing practices now.
3/4/2014 8:00:00 AM
Infections caused by resistant bacteria have become more common, and many bacteria have become resistant to multiple antibiotics. CDC released a report in September 2013 documenting that each year more than two million people in the United States get infections that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die as a result.
11/19/2013 6:00:00 AM
Every year, more than two million people in the United States get infections that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die as a result, according to a new report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
9/16/2013 9:00:00 AM
New CDC Vital Signs: Lethal, Drug-resistant Bacteria Spreading in U.S. Healthcare Facilities - Digital Press Kit
A family of bacteria has become increasingly resistant to last-resort antibiotics during the past decade, and more hospitalized patients are getting lethal infections that, in some cases, are impossible to cure. The findings, published today in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Vital Signs report, are a call to action for the entire health care community to work urgently - individually, regionally and nationally - to protect patients. During just the first half of 2012, almost 200 hospitals and long-term acute care facilities treated at least one patient infected with these bacteria.
3/5/2013 12:30:00 AM
More than 90 percent of women use at least one medicine during pregnancy. To learn about taking medicine during pregnancy, about half of women ages 18 to 44 years old look for health information on the internet. A new study shows that while many internet websites post lists of medicines that are safe to take during pregnancy, for many of the medicines listed, there is not enough known to determine their safety or risk for use during pregnancy.
1/30/2013 7:00:00 AM
Get Smart About Antibiotics Week 2012 will highlight the threat of antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic use nationally and globally.
11/8/2012 11:00:00 AM
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