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:
- Spur the creation of new antibiotics by removing the regulatory, economic, and scientific obstacles that impede antibiotic discovery and development.
- Establish stewardship programs to ensure that antibiotics are prescribed only when necessary in human health care settings.
- End the overuse of antibiotics in food animals.
Analysis shows more than 1 in 3 labels will not fully meet judicious use standards after implementation of FDA policy
New data needed to improve prescribing, combat threat of antibiotic resistance
Studies by agricultural researchers are providing data to veterinarians and producers on how to continue to improve the use of antibiotics while appropriately managing animal health. This research demonstrates evidence-based approaches to using these drugs judiciously and minimizing the development of resistant bacteria. While more work is necessary, a few notable studies highlight challenging... Read More
On March 30, the Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Biopharmaceutical Accelerator (CARB-X) program, a global public-private partnership to stimulate the development of promising new antibacterial therapies, announced that it will invest $20 million in its first round of funding to support 11 early stage projects. The portfolio of innovative products includes a mix of antibiotics and... Read More