CDC’s Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Proposes Aggressive Strategy to Combat Antibiotic Resistance

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CDC’s Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Proposes Aggressive Strategy to Combat Antibiotic Resistance

Antibiotic resistance, when bacteria don’t respond to the drugs designed to kill them, threatens to return us to the time when simple infections were often fatal. CDC’s new FY16 Antibiotic Resistance Solutions Initiative will allow CDC and public health partners to implement fully the National Strategy for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria. This implementation will include: comprehensive tracking and detection of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, faster outbreak response, insights for research innovation, better patient care, improved prescribing, increased susceptibility testing, nationwide implementation of CDC’s Core Elements of Hospital Antibiotic Stewardship, and global partnerships for prevention and detection.

CDC’s Antibiotic Resistance (AR) Solutions Initiative proposes additional efforts in a variety of areas, including:

AR anticipated percent reduction rate

The FY16 budget also supports a $14 million increase for the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN)—the nation’s leading system to track healthcare-associated infections, including antibiotic resistance and antibiotic use—as a companion to CDC’s FY16 Antibiotic Resistance Solutions Initiative, supporting multiple goals under the National Strategy, including new activities to better understand and monitor sepsis, leading to enhanced prevention to save lives.

To learn more about the CDC’s Antibiotic Resistance Solutions Initiative and view infographics on how the Initiative will fight drug resistance, visit CDC’s Antibiotic Resistance website.

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