Despite advances in diagnostic technology, there is an urgent need for tests that are easy to use, identify the microbe causing the infection, determine whether it is drug resistant, and provide results faster than current tests. Faster, more accurate tests would help ensure that patients are receiving the best treatment for a variety of infectious diseases, guide more effective infection control practices, and improve the tracking of outbreaks. Better tests would also help protect our dwindling supply of effective antibiotics by reducing their misuse.Infectious disease physicians serve as a critical bridge between the laboratory and other health care providers to ensure the proper use and interpretation of diagnostic testing. IDSA is committed to supporting improved diagnostics including providing recommendations to spur research and development of new tests, and encouraging their use in patient care and public health. Better Tests, Better Care: Improved Diagnostics for Infectious Diseases
In May, the House of Representatives launched its 21st
Century Cures Initiative aimed at engaging stakeholders to develop policies
that will help bring new drugs to market. In response to a request for input,
IDSA highlighted the need for new incentives and regulatory changes to spur
R&D for new antibiotics and rapid diagnostics as well as public health
interventions to slow the rise of resistance.
Contact your Congressional representative through our Advocacy Center to show your support for policy decisions supported by evidence-based pratices to prevent health care-associated infections, protect patients, health care personnel and and communities.
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