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Infectious diseases groups urge more focus on antibiotic resistance

Posted April 2, 2012

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Growing resistance to antibiotics is raising the need to prevent, detect and control the emergence of antimicrobial resistant organisms, says a position paper from the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, Infectious Diseases Society of America and Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society.

The three organizations’ recommendations include mandating initiatives to reduce antibiotic use, educating health professionals, increasing research and raising federal funding to combat resistance, says the paper, published in the April issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the SHEA (link).

“We’re not developing new drugs fast enough to keep up with the rise in drug-resistant infections,” said Ruth Lynfield, MD, chair of IDSA’s National and Global Public Health Committee. “Antimicrobial stewardship strategies are the best way to immediately address this issue and protect the effectiveness of the next generation of antibiotics.”

Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2012/04/02/hlbf0402.htm.

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