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  • Strengthening U.S. Antibiotic Resistance Efforts

    Antimicrobial resistance is a serious threat to public health, patient safety, and national security.  IDSA is working on multiple fronts to strengthen the United States’ response to antimicrobial resistance including the efforts of the Interagency Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance [chaired by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), and Food and Drug Administration (FDA)] formed in the late 1990’s as well as the Trans-Atlantic Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance (TATFAR) formed by the U.S. and European Union in November 2009.  We seek better overall leadership and coordination of U.S. activities, strengthened funding, and enhanced surveillance, prevention and control, data collection, and research efforts. For this reason, IDSA enthusiastically endorses the Strategies to Address Antimicrobial Resistance (STAAR) Act, which, if enacted, would support the Interagency Task Force’s work and elevate the federal response overall. We also seek strengthened federal funding.

    Antimicrobial-resistant infections kill tens of thousands of Americans each year. If you or a loved one has been harmed and you would like to support IDSA’s advocacy efforts by sharing your story, please contact Jennifer Ford at

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