Antibiotic Resistance Is Included in New National Biodefense Strategy

Pew and 65 organizations send a letter in support of Health and Human Services goals, look forward to collaboration

Antibiotic Resistance Is Included in New National Biodefense Strategy

On Nov. 1, The Pew Charitable Trusts and 65 other organizations delivered a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar supporting the antimicrobial resistance (AMR) goals and objectives in the new National Biodefense Strategy. In the letter, the organizations—which include stakeholders from the public health, drug developer, consumer, provider, research, and patient communities—expressed deep concern about the threat that AMR poses to U.S. biosecurity and public health. They said they look forward to working closely with the administration to advance and implement the more detailed policies needed to achieve the AMR goals outlined in the strategy.

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