Experts Warn Against Antibiotic Misuse: The Latest from CDC’s Safe Healthcare

November 22, 2011

In the most recent post on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) website Safe Healthcare, Dr. Sara Cosgrove from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine writes about the “real and present danger” of antibiotic resistance.  Dr. Cosgrove writes:

Antibiotic resistance isn’t a scare tactic or a doomsday scenario; it’s a real and present danger confronting hospitals and healthcare facilities throughout the world. From 2006 to 2008, rates of resistance to imipenem, an antibiotic used to treat resistant organisms, among the bacteria Acinetobacter doubled. And that’s just one example.

In our consumer-driven society, the answer of many would be to create new drugs. Yet, only two new antibiotics have been approved by the FDA since 2008 and the pipeline of new drugs is nearly dry. Even if a company was to begin developing a new drug today, barring any development issues it would not reach the market until 2020.

The article presents important resources related to antimicrobial stewardship:

  • CDC’s Get Smart for Healthcare
  • The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA): SHEA’s Antimicrobial Stewardship Program
  • Recent studies presented at the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) annual meeting.
  • SHEA’s spring 2012 conference will devote a leadership forum to antimicrobial stewardship.
Click here to read the Safe Healthcare article.

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