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Antibiotic Resistance

Get Smart About Antibiotics Week 2016

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.

November 14, 2016

Get Smart About Antibiotics Week 2015

The President has proclaimed Nov. 16-22 “GET SMART ABOUT ANTIBIOTICS WEEK.”  Get Smart about Antibiotic 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.

November 16, 2015

CDC Modeling Predicts Growth of Drug-resistant Infections and C. difficile

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.

August 4, 2015

Get Smart About Antibiotics Week 2014

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.

November 3, 2014

White House Announces National Strategy for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria – germs that don’t respond to the drugs designed to kill them – threaten to return us to the time when simple infections were often fatal.

September 18, 2014

Antibiotic Prescribing Putting Patients at Risk

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.

March 4, 2014

Get Smart About Antibiotics Week 2013

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.

February 28, 2014

Untreatable: Today’s Drug-Resistant Health Threats

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 (CDC).

September 16, 2013

Lethal, Drug-resistant Bacteria Spreading in U.S. Healthcare Facilities

Drug-resistant germs called carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, are on the rise and have become more resistant to last-resort antibiotics during the past decade, according to a new CDC Vital Signs report.  These bacteria are causing more hospitalized patients to get infections that, in some cases, are impossible to treat. 

March 5, 2013

Safe Medication Lists on the Internet

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.

January 30, 2013

Get Smart About Antibiotics Week 2012

Infections caused by resistant bacteria have become more common, and many bacteria have become resistant to multiple antibiotics. This trend demands urgent action by patients, healthcare providers, facility administrators and health care insurers to preserve the last lines of defense against many of these germs.

August 2, 2012

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