In his State of the Union address last night, President Obama acknowledged the need for innovation to address drug-resistant bacteria. The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) is pleased by the President’s commitment to addressing this crisis and is calling for him to follow through in order to avoid a return to the pre-antibiotic era.
For years, IDSA has sounded the alarm about the public health crisis of resistance that is sickening and killing increasing numbers of patients and costing our healthcare system billions of dollars. Vaccines are key to preventing many diseases, but when it comes to drug-resistant infections, we need a multi-pronged approach that includes vaccines as well as new antibiotics, diagnostics and other public health interventions. Last October, IDSA specifically called upon the President to lead a strong federal response to combat resistance and develop life-saving new antibiotics and diagnostics (PDF). IDSA now urges the President to act on the pledge he made in his speech by taking the following steps:
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