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April 2011
Policy and Advocacy
IDSA Lays Out Policy Plan to Address Antimicrobial Resistance

IDSA released a new paper this month outlining specific policy steps and research activities needed now to address the serious threat posed by antimicrobial resistance and the lack of new antibiotic development.

Published in Clinical Infectious Diseases and available online, "Combating Antimicrobial Resistance: Policy Recommendations to Save Lives," was released at a press conference in Washington, D.C., on World Health Day, April 7. (See “From the President” in this issue and IDSA’s website for more about IDSA’s activities for World Health Day, which this year focused on antimicrobial resistance.)

A one-page summary of IDSA’s paper is available online (PDF). Key recommendations focus on strengthening U.S. approaches to new drug and related diagnostic development and public health and research efforts.  

Many policymakers are not aware of this public health crisis and the need for action to address this complex problem. IDSA urges members to contact their members of Congress to help raise awareness and to highlight the need to pass legislation to spur antibiotic discovery and address other areas necessary to combat antibiotic resistance. Visit IDSA’s website to learn how to contact federal lawmakers.

“IDSA has a comprehensive, multifaceted plan to address this crisis, but time is running out,” IDSA President James M. Hughes, MD, FIDSA, said in a press release announcing the Society’s policy paper. “If such measures are not implemented now by Congress, federal agencies, and health care providers across the country, an increasing number of lives will be devastated and lost.”
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