Antibiotic Resistance Project

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Antibiotics are fundamental to modern medicine, essential for treating everything from routine skin infections to strep throat, and for protecting vulnerable patients receiving chemotherapy or being treated in intensive care units.

Although antibiotic resistance is not a new problem, its scope now constitutes a major threat to human health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 2 million Americans fall sick every year with antibiotic-resistant infections—and 23,000 die.

Medical and public health experts agree that addressing antibiotic resistance requires measures that will ensure both the prudent use of existing drugs and a robust pipeline of new drugs. Pew's antibiotic resistance project supports policies that would:

Our Work

  • Trends in U.S. Antibiotic Use

    Antibiotic resistance is a pressing global public health problem. This first report on trends in antibiotic use in the United States brings together diverse sources of information in both human health care and animal agriculture settings. It complements and informs efforts to set evidence-based goals aimed at reducing unnecessary antibiotic use. Lowering the use of these drugs will slow the... Read More

  • Unnecessary Antibiotic Use Jeopardizes Patient Safety

    Like any medication, antibiotics carry certain risks. While they are critical to treating a wide range of conditions, from strep throat and urinary tract infections to bacterial pneumonia and sepsis, these drugs also increase a patient’s chances of developing Clostridium difficile infections—which can result in life-threatening diarrhea—and can lead to adverse drug events,... Read More

  • The Importance of Better Drug Design for Antibiotic Innovation

    In February 2017, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and The Pew Charitable Trusts co-hosted a workshop for scientists to share ideas for tackling one of the most significant barriers to antibiotic discovery: finding and designing molecules that can enter and remain inside Gram-negative bacteria. Read More

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