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

  • Is Antibiotic Use Effective to Prevent Disease in Food-Producing Animals?

    Antibiotics are crucial to protecting the health of people and animals, but any use endangers their efficacy as bacteria develop resistance to them over time. Each year, at least 23,000 Americans die and some 2 million are sickened from antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections. To help preserve the effectiveness of these lifesaving drugs, Pew’s antibiotic resistance project works to... Read More

  • What Practices Reduce Antibiotic Use in Food Animals?

    Antibiotics are crucial to protecting the health of people and animals, but any use endangers their efficacy as bacteria develop resistance to them over time. Each year, at least 23,000 Americans die and some 2 million are sickened from antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections. To help preserve the effectiveness of these lifesaving drugs, Pew’s antibiotic resistance project works to... Read More

  • Antibiotic Use in Food Animals Poses Risk to Public Health

    The use of antibiotics in any setting contributes to the emergence of drug-resistant bacteria, and the administration of antibiotics to food animals is no exception. While the path from antibiotic use in animal agriculture to the subsequent public health risk posed by resistant bacteria is a complex one—involving multiple steps and transmission routes—and is influenced by various... Read More

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