New Ad: The Facts are Clear

The misuse of antibiotics in food animals is a threat to human health.

New Ad: The Facts are Clear

Hundreds of scientific studies conducted over four decades have shown that feeding low doses of antibiotics to healthy food animals leads to drug-resistant infections in people. In fact, America's leading medical, scientific and public health organizations have been warning of the danger for years.

Yet many involved in industrial farming deny the science and continue to routinely feed antibiotics to animals that are not sick, mainly to offset the effects of unsanitary and overcrowded conditions and to promote faster growth.

Antibiotic-resistant infections claim tens of thousands of American lives each year and significantly drive up our health costs. It's time for Congress, the White House and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to act decisively to protect our life-saving antibiotics so they work for sick people.

A message from:

  • Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics

  • American Academy of Pediatrics

  • American College of Preventive Medicine

  • American Public Health Association

  • Center for Science in the Public Interest

  • Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, Bloomberg School of Public Health

  • Michigan Antibiotic Resistance Reduction Coalition

  • National Foundation for Infectious Diseases

  • Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists

  • Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society

  • Pew Health Group

  • Union of Concerned Scientists

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What Is Antibiotic Resistance—and How Can We Fight It?

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Antibiotic-resistant bacteria, also known as “superbugs,” are a major threat to modern medicine. But how does resistance work, and what can we do to slow the spread? Read personal stories, expert accounts, and more for the answers to those questions in our four-week email series: Slowing Superbugs.

Explore Pew’s new and improved
Fiscal 50 interactive

Your state's stats are more accessible than ever with our new and improved Fiscal 50 interactive:

  • Maps, trends, and customizable charts
  • 50-state rankings
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  • Shareable graphics and downloadable data
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Welcome to the new Fiscal 50

Key changes include:

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  • Interactive indicator pages with highly customizable and shareable data visualizations.
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Learn more about the new and improved Fiscal 50.