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May 2015
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New White House Plan on Antibiotic Resistance Covers Key IDSA Priorities
President Obama released a new National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria (CARB) in late March that provides detailed timelines for meeting specific goals.

The plan covers key IDSA priorities including: establishment of stewardship programs, monitoring antibiotic use and resistance patterns, researching and evaluating methods for combating resistance, strengthening surveillance, enhancing the development and use of diagnostic tests, promoting antibiotic research and development (R&D), expanding the Antibacterial Resistance Leadership Group (ARLG), and improving international collaboration to address antimicrobial resistance.  

IDSA has long called for the type of specific timelines and benchmarks for measuring progress included in this action plan, which has been hailed as the most comprehensive and detailed plan for addressing antibiotic resistance ever undertaken by the U.S. government. IDSA released a statement to the media upon the action plan’s release and was featured in multiple news articles on the action plan.  

The plan will require new funding from Congress, for which IDSA is leading advocacy efforts. You can click on this action alert to email your congressional representatives in a few short minutes to encourage them to fund this initiative.

The White House plans to release two addendums to this plan: (1) recommendations on economic incentives to stimulate antibiotic R&D; and (2) a national action plan on drug-resistant tuberculosis.

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