Letter to FDA and CMS: Stewardship Essential in Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Pew and 26 health organizations urge action to improve antibiotic use and data reporting

Stewardship Essential in Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

On Aug. 7, Pew and 26 health organizations sent a letter to Scott Gottlieb, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, and Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, with recommendations that address the public health crisis of antimicrobial resistance.

In the letter, the organizations strongly support requiring antibiotic stewardship programs as a condition of participation in Medicare for all acute care hospitals and long-term care facilities. They also encourage requiring hospitals to report data on antibiotic use and resistance to the National Healthcare Safety Network.

These measures are important, the organizations say, because “bringing new antibiotics to market, while necessary, will only have limited impact if we do not simultaneously advance policies to protect those antibiotics from the development of resistance.”

National Homeownership Month

Article

37 Researchers Working to Transform Biomedical Science

Quick View
Article

Biomedical researchers are on the front lines of scientific innovation. From responding to global pandemics to pioneering lifesaving cancer treatments, these researchers push past scientific boundaries to solve pressing health challenges. For nearly 40 years, The Pew Charitable Trusts has supported more than 1,000 early-career biomedical scientists committed to this discovery.

Composite image of modern city network communication concept

Learn the Basics of Broadband from Our Limited Series

Sign up for our four-week email course on Broadband Basics

Quick View

How does broadband internet reach our homes, phones, and tablets? What kind of infrastructure connects us all together? What are the major barriers to broadband access for American communities?

Pills illustration
Pills illustration

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

Sign up for our four-week email series The Race Against Resistance.

Quick View

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.