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Antibiotic Resistance: Tackling a Pressing Public Health Threat

Antibiotic resistance is one of today's biggest public health threats—causing over 23,000 deaths each year. But healthcare experts, business leaders, and government are teaming up to take it on.

Driven by overuse of antibiotics in industrial farming and human healthcare, drug-resistant ‘superbugs’ are developing at a much faster rate than the creation of new antibiotics to fight them.

But there’s room for hope:  “This administration has tackled antibiotic resistance in a really unprecedented way,” says Allan Coukell, senior director of health programs at The Pew Charitable Trusts.

To learn more about Pew’s efforts to ensure that antibiotics work when we need them, visit the Antibiotic Resistance Project.

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