Leading U.S. Health Organizations Commit to Improved Antibiotic Stewardship

On Oct. 5, 2016, 12 major health organizations issued a joint statement on the important role antibiotic stewardship plays in the fight against antibiotic resistance, and committed to collective action to ensure the appropriate use of these critical therapies. These organizations’ coordinated efforts are aimed at driving progress toward national targets to reduce unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions in the U.S. – released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and The Pew Charitable Trusts earlier this year – and will help to preserve these life-saving therapies.

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Antibiotic Use in Outpatient Settings

Health experts create national targets to reduce unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions

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Antibiotic use in outpatient health care settings, such as primary care offices and emergency rooms, represents the majority of dollars spent on antibiotics for human health care in the United States. Beginning in 2015, The Pew Charitable Trusts convened a panel of experts, including representatives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other public health and medical experts to analyze current outpatient antibiotic prescribing habits in the United States, determine targets for reducing inappropriate prescribing, and identify steps needed to reach these targets.