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In Brief: Policy News Archive
Policy news briefs provide up-to-date information on antimicrobial stewardship legislation, regulatory proposals and mandates, guidelines, and activities across the human and animal health spectrum.

Feb 13, 2019 - On The Wire, T.V. Padma, MSc, describes environmental factors spurring antibiotic resistance in India, with particular attention to trends in resistance to carbapenems and colistin.

Feb 13, 2019 - In a BMJ editorial, Lauri A. Hicks, DO, et al discuss methods for using outpatient antibiotic prescribing data to inform quality improvement efforts.

Feb 12, 2019 - The UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence published guidance on antimicrobial prescribing for community-acquired pneumonia and hospital-acquired pneumonia.

Feb 12, 2019 - In an article for the Pew Charitable Trusts, Kathryn Talkington, MPA, lists five priorities for improving antibiotic stewardship and developing during 2019.

Feb 12, 2019 - The Fleming Fund announced the twelve projects between the UK, Uganda, Tanzania, Ghana, and Zambia that will be awarded funding as part of the Commonwealth Partnerships for Antimicrobial Stewardship.

Feb 11, 2019 - On the Scientific American blog, Madhukar Pai, MD, PhD, discusses the need for enhanced investment to improve clinical diagnostics and therapies for tuberculosis and challenge "the lack of adequate 21st-century tools to fight what's now a 21st-century epidemic."

Feb 11, 2019 - In Bovine Veterinarian, Matthew J. Kuhn, DVM, describes the role that veterinarians can play in putting US policy regarding veterinary oversight of antibiotic sales and use into practice.

Feb 8, 2019 - On the Scientific American blog, Seth Berkley, MD, advocates for enhanced focus on and investment in vaccines as a tool against increasing antibiotic resistance, arguing for wider coverage of existing vaccines such as the pneumococcal conjugate and Haemophilus influenzae type b vaccines, along with prioritized development of new vaccines and particularly those with action against typhoid and group A Streptococcus.

Feb 8, 2019 - The World Health Organization released guidance on methodology for conducting point prevalence surveys on antibiotic use in hospitals.

Feb 7, 2019 - The UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence updated its summary table of antimicrobial prescribing guidance for common infections to reflect recent changes to recommendations for acute cough and bronchitis, influenza, suspected meningococcal disease, Helicobacter pylori, chlamydia, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, pelvic inflammatory disease, leg ulcer, and dermatophyte infection. 

Feb 7, 2019 - The UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence published guidance on antimicrobial prescribing for adults and children with acute cough associated with an upper respiratory infection or acute bronchitis.

Feb 5, 2019 - Merck & Co., Inc. (known as MSD outside the US and Canada) announced that the US Food and Drug Administration has accepted for priority review a New Drug Application (NDA) for a combination of imipenem/cilastatin and relobactam intended for the treatment of complicated urinary tract infections and complicated intra-abdominal infections caused by certain susceptible gram-negative pathogens in adults with limited or no alternative therapies available. Also accepted for priority review was a supplemental NDA for ZERBAXA (ceftolozane and tazobactam) intended to treat adults with nosocomial pneumonia, including ventilator-associated pneumonia, caused by certain susceptible gram-negative pathogens.

Feb 1, 2019 - In an interview with the Pew Charitable Trusts, Rick Bright, PhD, director of the US Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, discusses the threat that antibiotic-resistant bacteria pose to national security and efforts to stimulate antibiotic research and development.

Jan 31, 2019 - The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research launched the International Consortium for Antimicrobial Stewardship in Agriculture (ICASA), a public-private partnership to advance research on antimicrobial stewardship in animal agriculture and improve animal health and welfare.

Jan 31, 2019 - The European Clinical Research Alliance on Infectious Diseases (ECRAID) posted a presentation from Herman Goossens, MD, and Marc Bonten, MD, PhD, introducing the alliance, which aims to reduce the impact of infectious diseases on individual and population health by efficiently generating rigorous evidence for new or improved diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of infections and to better respond to infectious disease threats.

Jan 30, 2019 - The Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists (SIDP) posted a full script of comments from SIDP President Kerry LaPlante, PharmD, who spoke to the US Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (PACCARB) and urged action for prioritizing the development of new antibiotics and protecting existing ones. Dr. LaPlante also advocated for the inclusion of an infectious diseases pharmacist on PACCARB. A full list of recommendations submitted by SIDP to PACCARB is also available.

Jan 30, 2019 - The US Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria will meet on Jan 30 and Jan 31 to explore priority areas that have emerged since the original National Action Plan on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria was launched in 2015.

Jan 29, 2019 - In The Telegraph, Jeremy Knox, MSc, describes efforts by the UK government and partners to spur investment in antibiotic development.

Jan 29, 2019 - The US Presidential Advisory Countil on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria announced the appointment of four new voting members: Paula Fedorka-Cray, PhD, MS, Christine Ginocchio, PhD, MT, Locke Karriker, DVM, MS, and David White, PhD, MS

Jan 29, 2019 - The United Nations Interagency Coordination Group on Antimicrobial Resistance has requested public discussion on its draft recommendations on antimicrobial resistance. The deadline to submit comments is Feb 19.

Jan 29, 2019 - On Healio, numerous experts comment on the issues and opportunities for pharmaceutical companies' involvement in antimicrobial research and development.

Jan 23, 2019 - ReAct details three political actions seen as necessary to prioritizing antimicrobial resistance as a global health threat during 2019.

Jan 23, 2019 - Bon Appétit Management Company released a new antibiotic use policy for animal aqua- and agriculture, along with a species-specific report card that describes how the company is conforming to the new policy.

Jan 22, 2019 - In a report for PATH, Katie Regan, MFA, describes how advances in the use and development of vaccines for malaria, typhoid, pneumococcal disease, influenza, rotavirus, and Japanese encephalitis could play a role in fighting drug resistance.

Jan 21, 2019 - The US Food and Drug Administration released guidance on coordinated development of antimicrobial drugs and antimicrobial susceptibility test devices.

Jan 15, 2019 - The Public Health Agency of Canada released the 2016 Canadian Integrated Program for Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance (CIPARS) Annual Report, which found that while the overall quantity of antimicrobials intended for use in animals had decreased, the number of Salmonella isolates resistant to five or more antimicrobial classes continued to rise.

Jan 15, 2019 - The World Health Organization lists antimicrobial resistance as one of its ten threats to global health in 2019, focusing specifically on resistance to tuberculosis drugs and the overuse of antimicrobials in animal agriculture.

Jan 14, 2019 - The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control published an expert consensus protocol on colistin resistance detection and characterization for the European genomic surveillance of carbapenem- and colistin-resistant Enterobacteriaceae survey.

Jan 14, 2019 - The American Dental Association is requesting input from members on recommendations and good practice statements that are part of a clinical practice guideline in development for antibiotic use for dental pain and swelling. Comments are being accepted through Feb 11, with the full guideline and an accompanying systematic review anticipated later this year.

Jan 8, 2019 - In an article composed as part of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, Kristina Lagerstedt, PhD, MSc, discusses the importance of data sharing, technological development, and communication to address the spread of antimicrobial resistance.

Jan 7, 2019 - The Joint Commission posted a proposed rule comprising six performance elements for antimicrobial stewardship in US office-based surgery. Comments are welcome through Feb 18.

Jan 7, 2019 - Regulations on the use of antibiotic-medicated feed were published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

Jan 3, 2019 - The Pew Charitable Trusts announced that Novartis has shared data from its antibiotic research programs on Pew's open-access Shared Platform for Antibiotic Research and Knowledge (SPARK).

Jan 3, 2019 - CARB-X announced that it will award up to $5.7 million in funding to Forge Therapeutics to develop an antibiotic for lung infections caused by Pseudomonas aeruginosa and other multidrug-resistant gram-negative bacteria.

Jan 3, 2019 - ReAct and the Dag Hammerskjöld Foundation released a report on funding needs for antimicrobial stewardship work, with a focus on difficulty in identifying funds for priority activities and human resources in low- and middle-income countries and the lack of designated funding for implementing National Action Plans. The report was the result of a recent meeting on financing options for antimicrobial resistance work held in Uppsala, Sweden.

Dec 26, 2018 - In news from the American Council on Science and Health, David Shlaes, MD, PhD, provides a forecast on antibiotic research and development efforts during 2019.

Dec 18, 2018 - On the blog of the Longitude Prize, Christine Carson, PhD, discusses how a lack of consensus on the measurement of antimicrobial-resistant infections, inconsistent diagnostic coding, and variable susceptibility testing methods have led to difficulty in quantifying the scale of antimicrobial resistance.

Dec 18, 2018 - The US Food and Drug Administration released a report showing that domestic sales and distribution of medically important antibiotics for use in livestock decreased by 33% from 2016 through 2017.

Dec 18, 2018 - The World Health Organization Global Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance System released a technical note on methods and polices for the detection and surveillance of colistin resistance.

Dec 18, 2018 - The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Farm Foundation announced that major stakeholders in animal agriculture have signed on to a common set of principles that form a framework for antibiotic stewardship in agriculture.

Dec 17, 2018 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America published a special feature on antimicrobial resistance and the role of vaccines, which includes perspectives on vaccine resistance versus drug resistanceadvances in vaccine technology and the development of antibiotic alternatives, the impact of pneumococcal and influenza vaccines, the emergence of dominant multidrug-resistant clades, the significance of microbiome preservation, and an economic evaluation of vaccines.

Dec 13, 2018 - In an interview with the Pew Charitable Trusts, Pilar Ramon-Pardo, MD, PhD, discusses the work being done by the Pan American Health Organization to support antibiotic stewardship in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Dec 12, 2018 - On The Conversation, Arinjay Banerjee, PhD, Karen Mossman, PhD, and Kaushal Baid, describe the role of a global One Health perspective in identifying and responding to a Nipah virus encephalitis outbreak in Malaysia and addressing disparate rates of antibiotic use and resistance around the world.

Dec 11, 2018 - Wellcome, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the UK Science & Innovation Network released a white paper and executive summary that look at the evidence surrounding the effects of antimicrobial resistance in the environment on human health. The report summaries discussions from the International Environmental AMR forum held in April 2018.

Dec 11, 2018 - McDonalds announced a policy to reduce the overall use of antibiotics important to human health, which will apply across 85% of its beef supply chain.

Dec 10, 2018 - The United States will lead the antibiotics working group at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations / World Health Organization Ad hoc Codex Alimentarius Intergovernmental Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance meeting in Korea this week, and a draft of the working group's recommendations has met with controversy because of a perceived loophole concerning the international use of medically important antibiotics for growth promotion in animal agriculture.

Dec 10, 2018 - In Le Monde, Lise Barnéoud and Alice Bomboy report on the high levels of antibiotic residues in the environment near antibiotic manufacturing facilities in China and India. (NB: The original article is in French.)

Dec 7, 2018 - Costco Wholesale updated its animal welfare standards to include a policy on the responsible use of antibiotics, including a commitment to assess the feasibility of restricting medically important antibiotics in animal agriculture by the end of 2020.

Dec 6, 2018 - On Devex, Mohan Joshi, MBBS, MD, MSc, describes the need and models for global and multidisciplinary coalitions devoted to antimicrobial stewardship, particularly as a means to narrow disparities between high-income and low-income regions.

Dec 3, 2018 - Wellcome delves into five ideas that stood out from presentations and conversations that took place at the global Call to Action Against Drug-Resistant Infections event in Ghana.

Dec 2, 2018 The Star reports on Malaysia's intent to ban colistin in animal feed as of Jan 1, 2019.

Nov 29, 2018 - In the African Journal of Laboratory Medicine, Iruka A. Okeke, PhD, MSc, discusses opportunities to build laboratory capacity and integrate molecular diagnostic methods in African healthcare settings, along with examples of local innovations.

Nov 28, 2018 - UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) announced that four UK-China partnerships to explore the rise of antibacterial resistance in China will receive an 8 million GBP investment by the UKRI AMR Cross Council Initiative through the Newton Fund and 36 million RMB from the National Natural Science Foundation of China.

Nov 27, 2018 - On Mongabay, Haritha John reports on how Kerala has become the first Indian state to adopt an antimicrobial resistance strategic action plan.

Nov 26, 2018 - The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that more than $15 million USD would be awarded to 41 projects to explore gaps in knowledge about antibiotic resistance and pilot innovative solutions.

Nov 26, 2018 - The US Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria released a request for comments on new areas for future priority work. The deadline for submitting comments is Jan 7, 2019.

Nov 21, 2018 - The Leading Health Systems Network released a report on "Global Core Standards for Hospital Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs: International Perspectives and Future Directions," along with supplementary materials for hospital ASP implementation.

Nov 16, 2018 - A manual launched by the Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization and the Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work at Florida International University provides practical guidelines for the implementation of antimicrobial stewardship programs in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Nov 16, 2018 - The Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture (RUMA) Alliance published a report summarizing progress against UK antibiotic use targets in farming identified by a task force in October 2017.

Nov 15, 2018 - Denmark's Minister of Health Ellen Trane Nørby signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research that states mutual intentions to collaborate on the establishment of the International Centre for Interdisciplinary Solutions on AMR in Denmark.

Nov 15, 2018 - On Project Syndicate, Seth Berkley, MD, CEO of Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance, and Jeremy Farrar, MD, PhD, Director of the Wellcome Trust, discuss the possibilities and necessary investment involved in using vaccination as a strategy against antimicrobial resistance.

Nov 13, 2018 - Health Protection Scotland released the "Scottish One Health Antimicrobial Use and Antimicrobial Resistance in 2017: Annual Report," which found decreases in antibiotic use in primary care and increases in acute care, with resistance levels in humans and animals remaining fairly stable.

Nov 12, 2018 - Results from a public opinion survey administered by Research America reveal bipartisan support for government action for a spectrum of antibiotic stewardship initiatives, including incentives for research to combat antibiotic-resistant pathogens.

Nov 12, 2018 - In an Expert Spotlight hosted by the George Washington University Antibiotic Resistance Action Center, Lauri Hicks, DO, discusses efforts at the global, national, healthcare, and individual levels to encourage involvement in Antibiotic Awareness Week.

Nov 9, 2018 - On the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Safe Healthcare blog, Kelly Echevarria, PharmD, describes directives and interventions to promote antibiotic stewardship in the US Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and put the VHA on track to meet goals set forth in the US National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria.

Nov 9, 2018 Swiss federal authorities have launched a four-year campaign to encourage the appropriate use of antibiotics among the general public.

Nov 9, 2018 - In commentary for the Pew Charitable Trusts, David Hyun, MD, discusses the need to make progress on proposed updates that require antibiotic stewardship initiatives as a condition of participation in programs administered by the US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Nov 8, 2018 - On Ideas for India, Abhijit Chowdhury, MD, Meenakshi Gautham, PhD, MSc, and Amod Kumar, MPA, MPS, discuss the role of informal healthcare providers and national legislative efforts in advancing universal health coverage and combating the spread of antibiotic resistance while ensuring access to life-saving drugs in India.

Nov 7, 2018 - The European Association of Hospital Pharmacists released the results of its 2018 Medicines Shortage Survey, which found that antimicrobials are most frequently reported as having shortage problems, with 27 out of 33 countries surveyed expressing concern about antimicrobial shortages.

Nov 7, 2018 - The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development released a report on options for economic and public health investment in programs to prevent and reduce antimicrobial-resistant infections.

Nov 5, 2018 - McKinsey & Company, with funding from the Wellcome Trust, published "AMR Indicators and their relevance to the global indicator framework for the SDGs and targets for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development" to inform the United Nations Inter-Agency Coordination Group on Antimicrobial Resistance. 

Oct 31, 2018 - The UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and Public Health England published antimicrobial prescribing guidelines that aim to reduce or prevent drug resistance in urinary tract infections, recurrent urinary tract infections, prostatitis, and pyelonephritis. Guidance on diagnosing and managing urinary tract infections in people under the age of 16 was changed to reflect the new prescribing recommendations.

Oct 30, 2018 - On Wellcome's Mosaic website, Srinath Perur, PhD, highlights the global problem of poor-quality medicines and its potential contribution to antimicrobial resistance.

Oct 30, 2018 - In Down to Earth, Rajeshwari Sinha, PhD, MSc, discusses the implications of European efforts to ban mass antibiotic prophylaxis in animal agriculture on farming and veterinary practices in India.

Oct 29, 2018 - News from the ReAct Group highlights early efforts to implement Kerala's Antimicrobial Resistance Strategic Action Plan, along with progress on action plans and surveillance networks in the Indian states of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. And The Hindu features perspectives from Rajeev Sadanandan, MA, MPhil, and Ramanan Laxminarayan, PhD, MPH, on the need to strengthen antimicrobial resistance surveillance and One Health tactics in Kerala and across India.

Oct 25, 2018 - The European Parliament adoped a regulation that would limit the preventative use of antibiotics in animal agriculture, empower the EU Commission to select antibiotics reserved for treatment humans, and apply stricter standards to imported food.

Oct 24, 2018 - The UK Veterinary Medicines Directorate released the "Veterinary Antimicrobial Resistance and Sales Surveillance 2017" report.

Oct 23, 2018 - Public Health England posted the "English Surveillance Programme for Antimicrobial Utilisation and Resistance (ESPAUR) Report 2018," which shows a decline in antibiotic consumption in England over the past 5 years along with a worrisome rise in antibiotic-resistant bloodstream infections.

Oct 22, 2018 - The UK Parliament Health and Social Care Committee published a report urging the government to make antimicrobial resistance a "top five policy priority."

Oct 20, 2018 -  In The Hindu, C. Maya reports on the implementation of a comprehensive One Health action plan to contain antimicrobial resistance in the Indian state of Kerala.

Oct 17, 2018 - An editorial in Nature highlights issues with the efficiency of antimicrobial susceptibility testing, along with potential interdisciplinary interventions to improve processes and test development.

Oct 15, 2018 - During a high-level visit to the Mycetoma Research Centre (MRC) in Khartoum, Sudan, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus pledged the World Health Organization's commitment to work with and support the MRC in developing better diagnostics, treatment, and prevention tools for mycetoma, an infectious disease caused by bacteria or fungi that mostly affects the feet of manual workers, laborers, and herdsmen between the ages of 15 and 30 in developing countries.

Oct 15, 2018 - The European Medicines Agency European Surveillance of Veterinary Antimicrobial Consumption project released a report showing that overall sales of veterinary antimicrobials across Europe have decreased by more than 20% from 2011 to 2016, with sales of polymyxins having decreased by nearly 40%.

Oct 12, 2018 - The Longitude Prize published a report on "Innovation in AMR: patent trends for novel diagnostics," which revelaed that, although the last decade saw a general increase in the number of patent filings related to point-of-care diagnostics aimed at pathogens and infectious diseases, the annual number of filings has been recently declining.

Oct 10, 2018 -  The ReAct Group posted an opinion piece about global progress in antimicrobial stewardship in advance of the 2019 United Nations General Assembly.

Oct 8, 2018 - The UK Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology released a short report describing antibiotic use in animals and available options for reducing that use.

Oct 8, 2018 - The North Carolina Division of Public Health Surveillance for Healthcare-Associated Infections and Resistant Pathogens Patient Safety (SHARPPS) program announced the launch of the STewardship of Antimicrobial Resources (STAR) Partners initiative, which aims to encourage healthcare facilities to promote and implement antibiotic stewardship interventions and mentor facilities that are newer to antimicrobial stewardship.

Oct 5, 2018 - Wellcome and the Boston Consulting Group launched a project that examines how vaccines can be used to reduce the impact of antibiotic-resistant pathogens and an evaluation of research and development opportunities.

Oct 4, 2018 - The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released "The Core Elements of Human Antibiotic Stewardship Programs in Resource-Limited Settings: National and Hospital Levels."

Oct 1, 2018 - Andreas Sandgren, PhD, MSc, of the ReAct Group, on behalf of Stichting Health Action International, details discussion and concerns related to the United Nations Interagency Coordination Group on Antimicrobial Resistance draft global framework for development and stewardship chapters one and twochapters three, four, and five; and annexes one and two

Sep 28, 2018 - The Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance (JPIAMR) announced that, in December, it will open a transnational call to JPIAMR member countries and eligible countries in Asia and Africa for proposals for innovative research projects on new or improved diagnostics and surveillance strategies. The pre-proposal deadline will be February 2019.

Sep 28, 2018 - On the World Bank blog, Uzo Chukwuma, MPH, describes her realization that developing antimicrobial stewardship programs in Tanzania will require creative and collaborative strategies to boost diagnostic and surveillance capabilities while potentially integrating stewardship into existing programs (eg, malaria prevention).

Sep 27, 2018 - The Fleming Fund announced the new Commonwealth Partnerships for Antimicrobial Stewardship project, led by the Tropical Health and Education Trust and the Commonwealth Pharmacists Association, to form new antimicrobial stewardship partnerships across Ghana, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.

Sep 25, 2018 - On the Choosing Wisely website, the American Society for Clinical Pathology posted a recommendation against performing procalcitonin testing without an established, evidence-based protocol.

Sep 25, 2018 - In commentary for the Fresh Approaches to the Study of Antimicrobials in Society program, Justin Dixon, PhD; Eleanor MacPherson, PhD, MA; and Salome Manyau, PhD, MDS, discuss the shortcomings of describing antibiotic use as irrational or inappropriate in a resource-limited setting and detail a project to encourage the identification of antibiotics sold without prescriptions in Zimbabwe.

Sep 25, 2018 - At the United Nations General Assembly, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention kicked off the AMR Challenge, a year-long effort to enlist governments, private industry, and the civil sector in the fight against antimicrobial resistance.

Sep 21, 2018 - New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced a partnership between the New York State Department of Health and ILUM Health Solutions to develop a state-of-the-art research program to detect, track, and manage antimicrobial-resistant infections at healthcare institutions statewide. ILUM will invest $48 million and create up to 115 new jobs over 5 years.

Sep 20, 2018 - The World Health Organization released a case study to assess options for investment in antimicrobial resistance in Nepal. Case studies from Nigeria and Ghana were posted in March and June, respectively.

Sep 17, 2018 - The Norwegian Institute of Public Health and the Norwegian Veterinary Institute released the 2017 NORM and NORM-VET report on "Usage of Antimicrobial Agents and Occurrence of Antimicrobial Resistance in Norway."

Sep 14, 2018 - The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) posted remarks delivered by commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, on the agency's strategic approach for combating antimicrobial resistance in human and animal medicine. The FDA also published its 5-year plan for supporting antimicrobial stewardship in veterinary settings.

Sep 14, 2018 - The ERA-Learn 2020 annual summary report on good practices in the implementation of joint programming initiatives highlights the Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance as a case study for operating as a European and global policy-coordinating instrument.

Sep 13, 2018 - In analysis for the Pew Charitable Trusts, Karin Hoelzer, DVM, PhD, discusses the need for greater oversight to ensure science-based antibiotic duration limits in US animal agriculture.

Sep 13, 2018 - On Sep 25, the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine will host a webinar on "Microbiome, Wastewater Treatment and Antibiotic Resistance," which will build on the research agenda outlined in Microbiomes of the Built Environment: A Research Agenda for Indoor Microbiology, Human Health, and Buildings.

Sep 13, 2018 - The Diagnostics for One Health and User Driven Solutions for AMR (DOSA) program will begin with a meeting on Sep 24 and 25 at the Indian Institute of Technology. DOSA brings together a multidisciplinary team from the UK and India to create rapid diagnostic solutions to fight antimicrobial resistance in community healthcare, dairy farming, and aquaculture.

Sep 13, 2018 - Members of the European Parliament voted to adopt a One Health action plan against antimicrobial resistance to curb use of exiting antimicrobials, encourage incentives to develop new drugs, improve data collection, and increase access to diagnostic testing.

Sep 7, 2018 - On Sep 14 at 9:00 am CT, the Pew Charitable Trusts will host US Food & Drug Administration commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, as he announces the agency's plans to combat antibiotic resistance. Dr. Gottlieb's remarks will be followed by a panel of US FDA senior officials, who will describe the agency's activities to support antibiotic innovation and stewardship.

Sep 7, 2018 - In the Pharmaceutical Journal, Julia Robinson, MSc, describes recent statements affirming the importance and integration of rapid diagnostics in UK antimicrobial stewardship programs made by Dame Sally Davies, MBChB, MS, and Lord Jim O'Neill to a House of Commons committee inquiry into the problem of antimicrobial resistance.

Sep 6, 2018 - At the ESCMID/ASM Conference on Drug Development, Wellcome and the Open Data Institute launched a report on a pilot project to determine how industry partners can improve data-sharing for surveillance of antimicrobial resistance.

Sep 5, 2018 - The UK Food Standards Agency published the results of a survey that assessed antimicrobial resistance in pork and chicken sold in retail settings.

Sep 5, 2018 - The Ontario Veterinary Medical Association in collaboration with ACER Consulting today launched the Farmed Animal Antimicrobial Stewardship Initiative, which aims to provide farmed animal owners and veterinarians with resources they need to help prevent antimicrobial resistance and assistance in complying with Canadian regulations that will go into effect later this year.

Sep 5, 2018 - In a commission published in The Lancet Global Health, Margaret E. Kruk, MD, et al discuss factors involved in building high-quality health systems, which include antimicrobial stewardship and appropriate diagnostic testing, in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals for low- and middle- income countries.

Sep 4, 2018 - During a session recorded for Parliament TV, the UK Health and Social Care Committee questioned experts on appropriate strategies for addressing antimicrobial resistance.

Sep 1, 2018 - In The Lancet Planetary Health, Peter Collignon, PhD, et al describe the contributions of sanitation, access to clean water, and ensuring good governance toward the spread of antimicrobial resistance in low- and middle-income regions.

Sep 1, 2018 - In DairyBusiness, Hayley Ruth Springer, DVM, describes research and US policy surrounding the economic benefits of implementing antimicrobial stewardship initiatives on diary farms.

Aug 31, 2018 - On IDStewardship, Timothy P. Gauthier, PharmD, interviews José Pablo Díaz Madriz, PharmD, about governance, clinical collaboration, and antibiotic access related to antimicrobial stewardship in Costa Rica.

Aug 31, 2018 - Public Health England published new data on trends in Clostridium difficile infection and bacteremia caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), methicillin-susceptibility Staph aureus (MSSA), Escherichia coli, Klebsiella species, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

Aug 30, 2018 - The ReAct Group reports on the response by the Antibiotic Resistance Coalition to the United Nations (UN) Interagency Coordination Group's six discussion papers on the use of antimicrobial innovation, national action plans, surveillance, communication and behavior change, global governance, and stewardship efforts in support of stemming global antimicrobial resistance

Aug 28, 2018 - In BMJ Gut, the British Society of Gastroenterology and the Healthcare Infection Society published guidelines for fecal microbiota transplant donor screening and therapy for recurrent or refractory Clostridium difficile infection.

Aug 28, 2018 - The US Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria will hold a public meeting on Sep 26 to discuss the Infection Prevention and Stewardship Working Group's draft report and recommendations.

Aug 27, 2018 - Damiano de Felice, PhD, MSc, will present the Access to Medicine Foundation Antimicrobial Resistance Benchmark at the World Water Week conference in Stockholm.

Aug 24, 2018 -  The Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme released implementation advice for dental professionals on antibiotic prophylaxis for infective endocarditis, along with patient and clinician educational tools and separate advice for cardiologists and cardiac surgeons developed in coordination with the British Cardiovascular Society.

Aug 17, 2018 - The World Health Organization released a rapid communication on key changes to treatment recommendations for multidrug-resistant and rifampicin-resistant tuberculosis, which include a new priority ranking of available medicines. 

Aug 16, 2018 - US Food & Drug Administration commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, released a statement on advancing the science and regulation of live microbiome-based products used to prevent, treat, or cure diseases in people.

Aug 13, 2018 - On Contagion, Elizabeth Hirsch, PharmD, highlights new and revised breakpoints for ceftaroline, daptomycin, ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin, cefiderocol, and meropenem-vaborbactam approved by the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute's Subcommittee on Antimicrobial Susceptibility and subject to official approval in January 2019.

Aug 13, 2018 - On the blog of the Longitude Prize, Tina Joshi, PhD, describes the threat of multidrug-resistant gonorrhea and the status of antimicrobial stewardship and drug development in the context of the UK and US political and public health environments.

Aug 8, 2018 - The US Food and Drug Administration Antimicrobials Drug Advisory Committee voted in favor of approving intravenous and oral omadacycline, manufactured by Paratek Pharmaceuticals, for treatment of acute bacterial skin and skin-structure infections and community-acquired bacterial pneumonia. The FDA's decision is expected in October.

Aug 7, 2018 - In an interview with SCI, Wes Kim, PhD, MBA, discusses the challenges and opportunities inherent in encouraging innovation for antibiotic development, especially as they relate to partnerships between academia, industry, and non-governmental organizations.

Aug 3, 2018 - The US Food & Drug Administration released a warning about the increased risk of cancer relapse and death associated with long-term use of azithromycin in patients with cancers of the blood or lymph nodes who have undergone a donor stem cell transplant.

Jul 31, 2018 - US Food & Drug Administration commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, released a statement on the agency's efforts to advance antimicrobial stewardship in veterinary settings.

Jul 30, 2018 - The UK National Pig Association updated its 2016 Antibiotic Stewardship Programme to showcase the progress made by the pig sector in reducing and refining antibiotic use.

Jul 27, 2018 - The Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture Alliance released an interim summary on the UK farming industry's progress toward 2020 goals in eight livestock sectors

Jul 26, 2018 - The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control Public Health Training Section posted training materials for developing campaigns toward appropriate antibiotic use, controlling multidrug-resistant organisms in healthcare settings, building point prevalence surveys, and more.

Jul 25, 2018 - The National Quality Forum released the "National Quality Partners Playbook: Antibiotic Stewardship in Post-Acute and Long-Term Care."

Jul 22, 2018 - Sudan’s Federal Ministry of Health, Ministry of Animal Resources and Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, and the World Health Organization—in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, World Organisation for Animal Health, and the United Nations Environment Programme—have launched the Sudanese national action plan on antimicrobial resistance

Jul 19, 2018 - The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Regional Office for Africa reported on a Southern Africa Development Community plan to implement One Health antimicrobial stewardship in 15 countries.

Jul 19, 2018 - The UK Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology yesterday issued a briefing on the potential for immunization as a strategy to tackle antimicrobial resistance, both globally and in the UK.

Jul 18, 2018 - The World Health Organization, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and the World Organisation for Animal Health released a report on global progress to develop national action plans for addressing antimicrobial resistance.

Jul 16, 2018 - The American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Nephrology and the American Society of Pediatric Nephrology released new Choosing Wisely recommendations, three of which address proper diagnostic and antibiotic stewardship for asymptomatic bacteriuria and urinary tract infection.

Jul 10, 2018 - On The BMJ Opinion blog, Coll de Lima Hutchison, PhD, MSc; Gwen Knight, PhD, MSc, MRes; Richard Stabler, PhD; and Clare Chandler, PhD, MSc, discuss political and economic considerations necessary to implementing a global One Health approach to reducing excessive antibiotic use in agriculture.

Jul 10, 2018 - A new nonprofit and publicly supported initiative—the Antibiotic Resistance Monitoring, Analysis and Diagnostics Alliance (ARMADA)—launched with the intent to combine global collection of bacterial isolates and data that will inform development of surveillance measures and diagnostic tests.

Jul 10, 2018 - The US Food & Drug Administration strengthened warnings on prescribing information for fluoroquinolones to reflect the antibiotics' potential effects on blood sugar levels and mental health.

Jul 10, 2018 - The UK Parliament's Health and Social Care Committee posted written evidence received as part of its inquiry into how the government has responded to antimicrobial resistance.

Jul 9, 2018 - The Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care released recommendations on screening for asymptomatic bacteriuria in pregnant women.

Jul 9, 2018 - The Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance has opened public consultation on updates to research objectives and priorities under its Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda. Feedback is welcome through Sep 15.

Jul 8, 2018 - The British Association for Sexual Health and HIV released draft guidelines for the management of Mycoplasma genitalium infection with a focus on proper diagnostic testing and prevention of antimicrobial resistance.

Jul 3, 2018 - In an article for the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, Madlen Davies, MA, reports on a decision made by the Bombay High Court in Mumbai, India, to restrict veterinary sales of antibiotics for livestock to farmers who have a prescription.

Jul 3, 2018 -  The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) published an epidemiological report on antimicrobial resistance data for 2014, noting that rates of multidrug resistance in Klebsiella pneumoniae and Escherichia coli have increased significantly in Europe.

Jul 2, 2018 - The World Health Organization released the zero draft of "Roadmap for access 2019-2023: Comprehensive support for access to medicines and vaccines," which discusses antimicrobial resistance and drug development from the perspective of aiding member states with surveillance and supply chain management.

Jun 28, 2018 - The US Food & Drug Administration released guidance to help animal drug manufacturers meet antimicrobial sales data reporting requirements.

Jun 27, 2018 - The US Food & Drug Administration approved the use of plazomicin, an antibiotic developed by Achaogen, Inc. with support from the Wellcome Trust, for the treatment of complicated, drug-resistant urinary tract infections.

Jun 25, 2018 - The Behavioural Economics Team of the Australian Government, in partnership with Australia's Chief Medical Officer (CMO) and the Department of Health, released a report on a trial that tested the effect of personalized letters from the CMO to clinicians prescribing large amounts of antibiotics.

Jun 22, 2018 - Four members of the US Senate introduced the Strengthening Antibiotic Oversight Act, which aims to strengthen the oversight of medically important antibiotics administered to food animals.

Jun 22, 2018 - The Wellcome Trust and the World Economic Forum today released a briefing on using pull incentives to tackle gaps in antibiotic research and development.

Jun 21, 2018 -  The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control released a report on its country visit to Romania, noting that current levels of antimicrobial resistance in the country are a serious concern.

Jun 20, 2018 - The European Parliament's Committee on the Environment, Public Health, and Food Safety unanimously voted to adopt stricter regulations for antibiotic use in animal agriculture and to collect data on antibiotic sales and use for each animal species.

Jun 19, 2018 - In Science|Business, Florin Zubascu, MA, summarizes discussions from a meeting of European healthcare stakeholders on the need for antimicrobial stewardship to be reflected in global political and economic efforts.

Jun 17, 2018 - In The Conversation, Michael von Massow, PhD, MSc, and Alfons Weersink, PhD, MS, discuss various approaches to reducing antimicrobial use in food animals, with an eye toward increasing understanding of the development of drug resistance in agricultural settings.

Jun 15, 2018 - In CQ Researcher, Bara Vaida provides an in-depth overview of proposed and current governmental, clinical, and industry policies designed to target antibiotic overuse and resistance.

Jun 13, 2018 - The European Association of Hospital Pharmacists released a position paper on the role of pharmacists in hospital antimicrobial stewardship with recommendations primarily targeted toward policy leaders.

Jun 12, 2018 - In the Regulatory Review, Benjamin Barsky, describes the past and potential future of California's regulatory mechanisms to reduce antibiotic use in animals.

Jun 11, 2018 - In Wired, Maryn McKenna, MSJ, discusses problems with how US data on agricultural antibiotic use is reported, compiled, and accessed.

Jun 11, 2018 - The ReAct Group posted summaries of its recent work to preserve the efficacy of last-line antibiotics in 13 Vietnamese hospitals and aid in launching Ghana's antimicrobial use and resistance policy and National Action Plan.

Jun 11, 2018 - In Progressive Dairyman, Dan Shock, DVM, PhD, provides background and a list of tactics related to the practice of antimicrobial stewardship in dairy cows and calves.  

Jun 7, 2018 - In The Parliament Magazine, Danielle van Dalen, MD, advocates for wider implementation of antimicrobial stewardship in European agricultural operations with an eye toward using the Dutch program for antibiotic use reduction as a model.

May 31, 2018 - The Access to Medicine Foundation today published a report titled "Shortages, stockouts and scarcity: the issues facing the security of antibiotic supply and the role for pharmaceutical companies."

May 23, 2018 - In Clinical Infectious Diseases, Romney Humphries, PhD, et al describe the potential implications of the US 21st Century Cures Act in allowing developers of diagnostic and susceptibility tests to more rapidly update to current breakpoints.

May 21, 2018 - On May 30 and 31, the Asia-Europe Foundation Public Health Network and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, with technical input from the UK Institute of Development Studies, will co-host a multi-country, high-level meeting focused on the pursuit of universal health coverage in the context of the effective management of infectious diseases and emerging antimicrobial resistance.

May 16, 2018 - Wellcome Open Research published a letter by Keiji Fukuda, MD, MPH, et al on plans for upcoming work to be undertaken by the Surveillance and Epidemiology of Drug Resistant Infections Consortium.

May 15, 2018 - In CEP Magazine, Yiannis N. Kaznessis, PhD, reviews research, policy, and antimicrobial stewardship tactics related to stemming the development of antimicrobial resistance in livestock.

May 9, 2018 - On Project Syndicate, Lord Jim O'Neill discusses progress on supply-side interventions for antimicrobial development and the need for ongoing investment in research from pharmaceutical companies and governments.

May 8, 2018 - The UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence released draft guidance on appropriate antimicrobial prescribing for urinary tract infections (UTIs), recurrent UTIs, catheter-associated UTIs, and pyelonephritis. Public review of and consultation on the drafts ends on Jun 5, and final versions are expected to be published in January 2019.

May 4, 2018 - The Pew Charitable Trusts sent a letter to the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, commenting on a draft of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act of 2018 to highlight the essential role that effective antibiotics play in responding to public health emergencies and call for a dedicated authorization of appropriations to ensure that the United States can be prepared for and respond to threats posed by antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

May 4, 2018 - The UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence published a Medtech Innovation Briefing that assesses the implications of using point-of-care diagnostic testing for pharyngitis caused by Group A Streptococcus in primary care.

May 3, 2018 - The US Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria will hold a public meeting on antibiotic stewardship for animal and plant health on May 16.

May 1, 2018 - The Canadian Parliament's Standing Committee on Health presented "Status of Antimicrobial Resistance in Canada and Related Recommendations" to the House of Commons.

Apr 27, 2018 - In the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, Madlen Davies, MA, and Ben Stockton, MA, highlight comments from Lord Jim O'Neill given during a recent conference during which he advocated for International Monetary Fund evaluation of antibiotic use and resistance in its assessments of developing economies.

Apr 26, 2018 - In Times Higher Education, Simon Baker discusses global efforts to gather and interpret data on antimicrobial resistance and use, with a focus on collaborative networks obtaining data from low- and middle-income countries and studying aspects of the human-animal interface.

Apr 24, 2018 - In United Arab Emirates newspaper The National, Olivier Oullier, PhD, describes global progress and opportunities for addressing behavioral change in antibiotic use and manufacture.

Apr 23, 2018 - In European Pharmaceutical Manufacturer, Thomas Cueni, MSc, evaluates the importance of vaccines and national immunization programs as a key part of antimicrobial stewardship.

Apr 20, 2018 - The US Food & Drug Administration authorized the first test to identify Candida auris.

Apr 17, 2018 - In the Cornell Chronicle, David Nutt describes research at various Cornell University centers and departments to assess the effect of policies that limit antimicrobial use in dairy production.

Apr 16, 2018 - On Scroll, TA Ameerudheen reports on a comprehensive health policy introduced in Kerala, which aims to develop guidelines for antibiotic use and standardized treatment protocols as a means of curbing high antibiotic resistance in India. 

Apr 16, 2018 - The Infectious Diseases Society of America, the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America announced the first awardees of the Leadership in Epidemiology, Antimicrobial Stewardship, and Public Health Fellowship

Apr 12, 2018 - In Farmers Guardian, Hannah Noble provides an overview of how farms and governing bodies are responding to calls to reduce antimicrobial use in UK agriculture.

Apr 12, 2018 - The Global AMR Innovation Fund, managed by the UK Department of Health and Social Care and Canada's International Development Research Centre, are partnering on a new initiative, "Innovative Veterinary Solutions for Antimicrobial Resistance (InnoVet-AMR)," which will support interdisciplinary research to reduce antimicrobial use in agri- and aquaculture. 

Apr 11, 2018 - In Stat, Kevin Outterson, JD, discusses international approaches to innovative means of funding antibiotic development.

Apr 10, 2018  - Houston Methodist will partner with Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Health to launch the first national sepsis reduction campaign in Saudi Arabia

Apr 10, 2018 - On The Lancet United States of Health blog, Ray Cavanaugh discusses the growing need for robust antimicrobial stewardship programs and rapid diagnostic testing capability in US healthcare facilities.

Apr 10, 2018 - The US Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria is calling for nominations to fill seven positions in the voting member category. Nominations are due by Apr 30.

Apr 9, 2018 -  The US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has funding available for large research projects that address prevention of healthcare-associated infections and combating antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The application deadline is Jun 5, and the deadline for funding related to dissemination and distribution of research on these topics is May 25.

Apr 9, 2018 -  Antibiotic Research UK invites researchers to apply by Jun 30 for small research grants to study antibiotic resistance, new antibiotic therapies, or the health and societal impact of antibiotic resistance and its avoidance.

Apr 9, 2018 - The Union of Concerned Scientists released a report highlighting concerns with how the US Department of Agriculture has handled policies around farm antibiotic use.

Apr 8, 2018 The Telegram features perspectives from Newfoundland and Labrador health minister John Haggie, MBChB, MD, on antibiotic overuse in the province and a meeting in June of Canadian medical experts to address the issue.

Mar 30, 2018 - The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a Broad Agency Announcement for funding related to projects that improve understanding of antibiotic resistance in healthcare facilities, the food supply, across communities, and in the environment.

Mar 26, 2018 - The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, and the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists published a joint position paper highlighting the interdependence of infection control and prevention and antimicrobial stewardship programs.

Mar 22, 2018 - On SciDev.Net, Ochieng' Ogodo discusses the clinical and policy implications of rising antimicrobial resistance rates in sub-Saharan Africa

Mar 21, 2018 - AACTING (Network on quantification of veterinary antimicrobial usage at herd level and analysis, communication and benchmarking to improve responsible usage) released experience-based guidelines describing best practices on setting up systems for antimicrobial use data collection, analysis, benchmarking, and reporting at the level of farms or prescribers.

Mar 9, 2018 - In June, the European Medicines Agency Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee will hold a public hearing as part of its review of quinolone and fluoroquinolone antibiotics to understand public perception of risk associated with these antibiotics and the feasibility of measures intended to optimize safe use.

Mar 5, 2018 - The British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy/Healthcare Infection Society/British Infection Association Joint Working Party released more than 100 recommendations for antimicrobial prescribing for the treatment of infections caused by multidrug-resistant, gram-negative bacteria, also proposing further research and development of algorithms for hospital and community antimicrobial use in urinary tract infections.

Mar 2, 2018 - The US Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (PACCARB) passed two resolutions related to maintaining or increasing funding for federal programs that prevent drug-resistant infections or take a One Health approach to antimicrobial stewardship, also recommending that PACCARB be codifed into law.

Mar 1, 2018 - US Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) introduced the Strategies to Address Antibiotic Resistance (STARR) bill, which, if passed, would strengthen federal investments in surveillance, data collection, and research.

Feb 28, 2018 - The Ministry of Environment and Food of Denmark has earmarked DKK 12.5 million (approximately USD 2 million) for a total budget of DKK 15.5 million (approximately USD 2.5 million) to form an interdisciplinary group to create a scientifically robust basis for increasing pig production with the use of antibiotics throughout the entire lifecycle of the pig.

Feb 26, 2018 - South Korea was accepted as a full member of the Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance, which now has 27 members engaged in the collaborative platform to develop innovative One Health solutions.

Feb 26, 2018 - On March 1, the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Infectious Diseases Society of America will sponsor a briefing to inform US congressional staff about efforts to combat antimicrobial resistance and activities to advance antibiotic innovation and stewardship.

Feb 16, 2018 - With support from MSD (known in the United States and Canada as Merck & Co.), Kenya's Kenyatta National Hospital developed clinical guidelines to curb inappropriate antibiotic use and improve delivery of empirical therapy.

Feb 15, 2018 - On the blog of the Keep Antibiotics Working Coalition, Thomas Gremillion, JD, MA, director of the Food Policy Institute at the Consumer Federation of America, discusses the importance of data collection on agricultural antibiotic use to shaping US federal policy.

Feb 13, 2018 - In Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists published an official position statement on the role of an antimicrobial stewardship team in the use of rapid diagnostic testing in acute care.

Feb 12, 2018 - On Project Syndicate, Christian Munthe, PhD, tackles the ethics of antimicrobial stewardship, promoting drug development, and maintaining access to life-saving medication.

Feb 8, 2018 - The Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics released a report comparing UK with US agricultural antibiotic use, asking the post-Brexit government to maintain European Union standards for antimicrobial use in animals and meat importation.

Feb 2, 2018 - Germany's Bundesrat passed an amendment forbidding use of last-resort antibiotics in animals and requiring veterinarians to optimize antimicrobial use.

Feb 2, 2018 - The US Food and Drug Administration released a report to Congress on progress made in development and approval of new antibacterial and antifungal drugs, the implementation of antimicrobial stewardship programs, and the impact of the Generating Antibiotic Incentives Now provisions.

Feb 1, 2018 - FIND reported on a regional stakeholders' summit in South Africa that highlighted the need for rapid diagnostics and improvement of diagnostic capacity as a means of preventing antimicrobial-resistant infections in African countries.

Jan 31, 2018 - The Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease Canada updated Choosing Wisely recommendations for pediatric infectious diseases with guidance on amoxicillin for suspected community-acquired pneumonia, urine cultures, testing for Clostridium difficile in infants under a year of age, and treatment of uncomplicated acute hematogenous osteomyelitis.

Jan 30, 2018 - The Wellcome Trust announced the launch of the Surveillance and Epidemiology of Drug-Resistant Infections Consortium (SEDRIC), which will bring together international experts in infectious diseases, epidemiology, and human and animal health to identify gaps in AMR surveillance and help countries strengthen and sustain their capacity to collect data on drug-resistant pathogens.

Jan 29, 2018 - The World Health Organization's Global Antimicrobial Surveillance System released its first report on antibiotic resistance surveillance data, revealing high levels of resistance to bacterial pathogens in high- and low-income countries.

Jan 24, 2018 - DRIVE-AB, a consortium managed by the University of Geneva and AstraZeneca, released its final report on research-based suggestions for driving antibiotic development while ensuring access and sustainable use.

Jan 18, 2018 - The ReAct Group published an interview with Kim Faure, MBBCh, MBA, African Coordinator for the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics and Policy (CDDEP) on economic factors to consider when developing a National Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance in a low-resource country

Jan 16, 2018 - The California Department of Public Health released interactive 2016 state-level hospital data and a report on rates of central line-associated bloodstream infections, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections, vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus bloodstream infections, Clostridium difficile infections, and surgical site infections, with the ability to compare hospital data to national or California baselines.

Jan 4, 2018 - The Public Health Agency of Canada released a consensus statement co-authored by the Canadian Public Health Laboratory Network and the Canadian Association of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases to provide Canadian laboratories with a framework for reporting and monitoring of multidrug-resistant and extensively drug-resistant organisms among common gram-negative pathogens.

Dec 27, 2017 - The next public meeting of the US Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria has been scheduled for Jan 24, 2018. Chair Martin J. Blaser, MD, and vice-chair Lonnie J. King, DVM, MS, MPA, have drafted an immediate action letter for council deliberation and vote.

Dec 18, 2017 - The US Food and Drug Administration released a question-and-answer document that provides information on medically important antimicrobial use in bees.

Dec 11, 2017 - The Institute of Development Studies published recommendations for UK policymakers with a focus on building resilient healthcare systems in developing counties through progress toward universal healthcare and One Health antimicrobial stewardship.

Dec 8, 2017 - The US National Academy of Sciences today published "Combating Antimicrobial Resistance: A One Health Approach to a Global Threat: Proceedings of a Workshop," which summarizes discussions related to microbial/genetic movement across One Health domains; antimicrobial stewardship programs and social/behavioral science; and research and surveillance needs.

Dec 7, 2017 - A US Food and Drug Administration report found that domestic sales and distribution of antibiotics approved for use in food animals dropped 10% from 2015 through 2016, which includes a 14% drop in the use of medically important antibiotics.

Dec 5, 2017 - The United Nations Environment Programme released a report noting that antimicrobial resistance due to discharge of antimicrobials and other chemicals into the environment is one of the most worrying current health threats.

Dec 4, 2017 - The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore will expand its surveillance of antibiotic-resistant bacteria to all animal production sectors and to animal products.

Nov 30, 2017 - The US Association of State and Territorial Health Officials tracked and summarized 2017 state legislation aimed at preventing antibiotic resistance.

Nov 28, 2017 - The Duke Antimicrobial Stewardship Outreach Network published "Developing Patient Safety Outcome Measures and Measurement Tools for Antibiotic Stewardship Programs," a 175-page manual aimed at addressing the impact of stewardship on patient care.

Nov 21, 2017 - The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control released a report on the country visit to Luxembourg to discuss antimicrobial resistance issues.

Nov 20, 2017 - On the Lancet Global Health blog, Liang Qu of Monash University assesses the potential of rapid point-of-care diagnostic tests in development to respond to antimicrobial resistance.

Nov 16, 2017 - The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care released the "Surgical National Antimicrobial Prescribing Survey: Results of the 2016 Pilot," which found significant evidence of inappropriate use and duration in perioperative antimicrobial prescribing.

Nov 15, 2017 - Leaders of the ten Association of Southeast Asian Nations countries have adopted a One Health declaration to combat antimicrobial resistance. The Philippine Department of Health took the lead in crafting the declaration.

Nov 15, 2017 - The Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance announced awards of more than 11.5 million EUR to 10 projects involving 47 research groups from 11 countries and an additional six international partners.

Nov 14, 2017 - The World Health Organization released the first-ever global guidelines for the prevention and control of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, Acinetobacter baumannii, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa in healthcare facilities.

Nov 14, 2017 - The US Food and Drug Administration has launched "Resistome Tracker," a tool that can be used to explore antibiotic resistance alleles present in the genomes of Salmonella submitted to the National Center for Biotechnology Information.

Nov 13, 2017 - The Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection launched the Antimicrobial Stewardship Programme in Primary Care and revised guidelines for the appropriate use of antimicrobials in hospitals, which included adding a new section on tuberculosis.

Nov 7, 2017 - The World Health Organization released guidelines on the use of medically important antimicrobials in food-producing animals, recommending that farmers and the food industry stop using antibiotics routinely to promote growth and prevent disease in healthy animals.

Nov 6, 2017 -  The Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance summarizes discussions on antimicrobial development and research into rapid diagnostics occurring as part of the G7 Ministerial Meeting on Health in Milan, Italy.

Nov 2, 2017 - The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) launched an Antimicrobial Stewardship Centers of Excellence program, recognizing Providence Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California, and Summa Health of Akron, Ohio, as its first two designees. All health systems are welcome to apply by Dec 15.

Nov 1, 2017 -  The South Centre, an intergovernmental organization of developing countries, released its October policy brief, which assesses the elements of the United Nations General Assembly High-Level Political Declaration on Antimicrobial Resistance that add value to the World Health Organization Global Strategy and Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance.

Oct 31, 2017 - The United States Task Force for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria released a progress report assessing the first two years of the National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria.

Oct 27, 2017 - The Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture Alliance announced that its "Targets Task Force" has developed a series of targets and agricultural industry commitments for reducing, refining, or replacing antibiotic use across livestock sectors

Oct 26, 2017 - Members of the European Food Safety Authority, the European Medicines Agency, and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control established a set of indicators to assess progress in reducing antimicrobial use in humans and in animal agriculture.

Oct 26, 2017 - Australia's National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship released its second annual Aged Care National Antimicrobial Prescribing Survey Report, which found that 67% of antimicrobial prescriptions did not meet the criteria for infection.

Oct 23, 2017 - The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awarded $9 million to more than 20 projects that explore potential solutions to antibiotic resistance.

Oct 23, 2017 - Public Health England released the 2017 English Surveillance Programme for Antimicrobial Utilisation and Resistance (ESPAUR) report, which includes national data on antibiotic prescribing and resistance and hospital antimicrobial stewardship implementation.

Oct 13, 2017 - The Wellcome Trust announced the Global Burden of Disease AMR project to track and document the burden of disease associated with antimicrobial resistance.

Oct 12, 2017 - ReAct published an analysis of the effect had by antibiotic resistance on poverty at the individual, national, and macroeconomic levels. 

Oct 8, 2017 - In The Guardian, Ed Whiting, director of policy and chief of staff at the Wellcome Trust, describes global policy efforts to respond to antibiotic resistance, including a conference in Berlin today and tomorrow organized by Wellcome, the UN Foundation, and government officials from the United Kingdom, Thailand, and Ghana to develop multilateral approaches to antibiotic stewardship. 

Oct 5, 2017 - In The Washington Post, Caitlin Dewey describes a new San Francisco city ordinance that will require several grocery store chains and their suppliers to document antibiotic use in the meat they sell and make the information available on a public city website.

Oct 2, 2017 - Kenya developed a 5-year action plan on prevention and containment of antimicrobial resistance.

Sep 30, 2017 -  The International Pharmaceutical Federation released a policy statement and series of recommendations for governments and pharmacists engaged in a One Health approach to antimicrobial stewardship, marking the first time the statement has been revised since 2008. 

Sep 22, 2017 - ReAct provided an update on its conference, "Moving Beyond Antimicrobial Resistance National Action Plans Development to Implementation," which assessed successes and gaps in the implementation of 10 African countries' National Action Plans on Antimicrobial Resistance.

Sep 21, 2017 - The Wellcome Trust released a progress report on efforts made to sustain global action on antimicrobial resistance in the 12 months following the United Nations General Assembly September 2016 high-level meeting on antimicrobial resistance.

Sep 19, 2017 - The US Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria released draft recommendations for incentivizing the development of therapeutics, diagnostics, and vaccines to combat antibiotic resistance.

Sep 13, 2017 - The US Government Accountability Office released a technology assessment of the capabilities and challenges posed by medical device technology to enable rapid diagnoses of infectious diseases.

Sep 13, 2017 - The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists updated its guidance on early-onset Group B Streptococcal disease, recommending that women in pre-term labor receive intravenous antibiotics.

Sep 13, 2017 - A European Union Joint Action on Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare-Associated Infections was launched at the French Ministry of Health.

Sep 5, 2017 - Canadian health and agriculture ministries released a pan-Canadian framework for addressing antimicrobial resistance and inappropriate use with four tactics: surveillance, stewardship, infection prevention and control, and research and innovation. 

Sep 5, 2017 -  The UK Royal Pharmaceutical Society released a policy report on the pharmacy contribution to antimicrobial stewardship.

Aug 29, 2017 - An interdisciplinary group of experts released a US policy roadmap to reduce use of medically important antibiotics in livestock. 

Aug 24, 2017 - The Access to Medicine Foundation, based in Amsterdam, published methodology for a 2018 benchmark used to evaluate pharmaceutical companies' actions to reduce antimicrobial resistance.

Aug 16, 2017 - The US Department of Health and Human Services gave notice that a meeting of the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria will be held on Sep 13 and 14. The meeting will be open to the public, though pre-registration is required.

Aug 14, 2017 - The US Food and Drug Administration is requesting public comment on proposed use of a biomass method to obtain animal antimicrobial sales and distribution data based on animal species and weight.

Aug 14, 2017 - The Farm Animal Investment Risk & Return (FAIRR) initiative released a report that highlights the risks of inappropriate antibiotic use in factory farm environments.

Aug 2, 2017 The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care released its second report on antimicrobial use and resistance in human health.

Aug 1, 2017 -  During the United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, Sweden submitted its Voluntary National Review, which highlights the collaborative and surveillance-based antimicrobial stewardship work accomplished by the nation's healthcare and public health infrastructure. 

Jul 23, 2017 Ireland's national action plan on antibiotic resistance received government approval for its One Health approach to healthcare and agricultural interventions.

Jul 23, 2017 - Chicken Farmers of Canada announced that it will end the preventive use of antibiotics of high medical importance in chicken production by the end of 2018, planning to end the use of drugs of medium medical importance by the end of 2020.

Jul 21, 2017 - The American Nurses Association collaborated with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to release a white paper outlining nurses' roles in antibiotic stewardship.

Jul 17, 2017 - The European Commission and the Netherlands Institute for Health Services Research published a study on the causes of non-prudent use of antibiotics, along with policy recommendations that target patients and healthcare providers.

Jul 14, 2017 - The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a guide aimed toward implemention of antibiotic stewardship core elements at small and critical access hospitals.

Jul 7-8, 2017 - The leaders of the G20 nations reaffirmed their commitment to combating antimicrobial resistance in a communique issued after their recent meeting in Hamburg, Germany.

Jun 29, 2017 - The European Commission released an action plan on antimicrobial resistance, which aims to establish a comprehensive framework to strengthen EU efforts to reduce the spread of resistance in humans and animals.

Jun 28, 2017 - The World Health Organization published guidance on integrated surveillance of antimicrobial resistance in foodborne bacteria, which applies a One Health approach to the establishment of surveillance programs.

Jun 28, 2017 - The Infectious Diseases Society of America sent a letter to members of congressional appropriations committees urging them to reject proposed cuts to antimicrobial resistance initiatives in the United States. The letter was signed by more than 60 organizations representing the human and animal health sectors.

Jun 26, 2017 - The British Poultry Council published its 2017 Antibiotic Stewardship Report, which highlights the sector's 71% reduction in antibiotic use from 2012 to 2016. 

Jun 20, 2017 - The British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy will host AMR Market Lounges to strengthen relationships among people working on rapid diagnostics, development of new vaccines and antimicrobials, global priorities for antimicrobial research and development, antimicrobial consumption surveillance, antimicrobial use in agriculture, and incentives for drug development.

Jun 15, 2017 -  In presentations to the Canadian House of Commons' Standing Committee on Health, Andrew Morris, MD, Karey Shuhendler, RN, MN, Shelita Dattani, PharmD, and Michael Routledge, MD, describe the threat of antimicrobial resistance to clinical practice and recommendations for national stewardship policy.

Jun 14, 2017 - The Public Health Agency of Sweden and the Swedish National Veterinary Institute released a report summarizing 2016 data antibiotic use and resistance in human medicine, along with data on veterinary antibiotic resistance monitoring in the country.

Jun 12, 2017 - The European Medicines Agency, the Japanese Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency, and the US Food and Drug Administration have agreed to align data requirements for the development of new antibiotics in order to stimulate development of treatments to fight antimicrobial resistance.

Jun 12, 2017 - In an article for the Huffington Post, Madhukar Pai, MD, PhD, discusses the need for and activities already in place to develop an essential diagnostics list that would complement the World Health Organization's essential medicines list.

Jun 6, 2017 - The World Health Organization updated its list of essential medicines with new advice on which antibiotics to use for common infections and which to preserve for the most serious circumstances.

Jun 2, 2017 - The Microbiology Society published a briefing that examines the human role in worsening the spread of antimicrobial resistance and considers the actions needed to reduce non-essential use of antimicrobials and invest in research.

May 24, 2017 - The Public Health Agency of Canada announced $1.39 million in funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to support five research teams whose work will advance innovations in point-of-care diagnostics, with the goal of implementing the best diagnostic tools in healthcare settings and the right use of antibiotics.

May 23, 2017 - The World Health Organization, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and the World Organisation for Animal Health launched a global database on country progress toward implementation of the global action plan on antimicrobial resistance.

May 23, 2017 - Health Action International published a policy report on why EU leadership is crucial for affordable and responsible antibiotic research and development.

May 22, 2017 - Member nations involved in the Global Antibiotic Resistance Partnership—including Kenya, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, Nepal, Pakistan, and Bangladesh—will present national action plans on antimicrobial resistance to this year's World Health Assembly.

May 19, 2017 - The Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture Alliance adopted the European Medicines Agency list of highest priority, critically important antibiotics.

May 19, 2017 - The European Medicines Agency has recommended changes to prescribing information for vancomycin to ensure appropriate use in treatment of infections caused by gram-positive bacteria.

May 19, 2017 - The US Department of Health and Human Services is soliciting nominations for individuals interested in being considered for appointment to the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria as a non-voting liaison representative member from an organization or interest group. Nominations should be submitted by 5:00 pm EDT, June 30, 2017.

May 18, 2017 - Germany's B20 Health Initiative has published its final policy paper, which reflects 5 months of discussions between nearly 100 task force members from 24 countries. Recommendations made to address antimicrobial resistance include scaling up research and development, setting guidelines, and advancing capacity building.

May 17, 2017 - Health Canada announced changes to the Food and Drug Regulations, which include new rules for veterinary drugs intended to protect Canadians from the effects of antimicrobial resistance. 

May 16, 2017 - The UK Office of Health Economics released a briefing on incentives for new drugs to target antimicrobial resistance, which assesses the potential for use of transferable intellectual property rights and market entry rewards as "pull" incentives in the EU.

May 12, 2017 - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) updated its warnings for oral and injectable fluoroquinolones.

May 8, 2017 - The International Poultry Council adopted a position statement on the responsible and efficacious use of antimicrobials in the global poultry industry.

May 3, 2017 - The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released guidelines for the prevention of surgical-site infections, recommending, in part, that antimicrobial prophylaxis be stopped upon closure of the surgical incision.

May 3, 2017 - The US Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria will meet May 3 and 4, 2017, to discuss infection prevention and control for animal health and incentives for diagnostics, anti-infectives/therapeutics, and vaccines.

Apr 25, 2017 - On Apr 25 and 26, Supermoms Against Superbugs will meet with members of the US Congress to urge continued support of programs essential to combating the threat posed by drug-resistant infections.

Apr 22, 2017 - The California Senate Committee on Health unanimously passed legislation introduced by Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) that would make California the first state in the United States to track antibiotic-resistant infections and deaths.

Apr 19, 2017 - The UK's National Health Service released "Combating antimicrobial resistance: educational approaches for the responsible prescribing of antimicrobials," which outlines the availability of educational resources to help clinicians prescribe antimicrobials appropriately.

Apr 17, 2017 - India's Ministry of Health and Family Welfare convened a group of 11 ministries to promote the rational use of antibiotics in the food and veterinary sector. Health Minister J P Nadda will chair a high-level, inter-ministerial consultation on antimicrobial resistance on Apr 19.

Apr 13, 2017 - The Oregon State Senate will hold a work session on Apr 18 to discuss Senate Bill 785, which aims to limit the use of medically necessary antibiotics in animal agriculture.

Apr 10, 2017 - During its theme session in Stockholm last week, the Nordic Council adopted twelve concrete proposals for antimicrobial stewardship initiatives in northern Europe.

Apr 3, 2017 - The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) penned an appropriations request to the US Congress outlining states' food safety and antimicrobial resistance needs for fiscal year 2018.

Mar 31, 2017 - The Reinvigorating Antibiotic and Diagnostic Innovation (READI) Act, which provides incentives to to spur the development of new antibiotics and diagnostic tests, was introduced in the US House of Representatives by US Reps. Erik Paulsen (R-Minnesota) and Mike Thompson (D-California).

Mar 30, 2017 - CARB-X today announced it is investing $24 million up front and up to $24 million in additional payments over 3 years to assist 11 US and UK biotech companies and research teams accelerate the development of new antibacterials and diagnostics. With added private funds, the investment could reach $75 million.

Mar 28, 2017 - On the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Safe Healthcare Blog, Marie T. Fluent, DDS, discusses policy surrounding appropriate antibiotic use and prophylaxis in dentistry, referencing a recent study of dental prescribing published by Rebecca M. Roberts, MS, et al in the Journal of the American Dental Association.

Mar 24, 2017 - The American Society for Microbiology established a multi-stakeholder initiative to share information on the current state of antimicrobial resistance and identify relevant opportunities to address resistance across the microbial sciences. 

Mar 21, 2017 - The Maryland Senate and House of Delegates separately passed bills forbidding chicken companies from giving medically necessary antibiotics to birds unless they are sick. State lawmakers now have three weeks to reconcile differences in reporting requirements between the two bills before they seek the governor's signature.

Mar 17, 2017 - The United Nations Secretary-General announced the official establishment of the ad hoc Interagency Coordination Group on Antimicrobial Resistance.

Mar 7, 2017 - The European Commission released a report on the Directorate General for Health and Food Safety's September 2016 fact-finding mission to the Netherlands, which gathered information on implementation of judicious antimicrobial use policies in animal agriculture.

Mar 7, 2017 - The UK Parliament's House of Commons today heard a Westminster Hall Debate on the O'Neill review into antimicrobial resistance, paying particular attention to the issues of antibiotic use in agriculture and the need for rapid diagnostic tests. The debate was moved by Kevin Hollinrake, MP for Thirsk and Malton.

Mar 2, 2017 - The US Government Accountability Office released a report recommending that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provide additional guidance for pharmaceutical companies developing new antibiotics with the use of FDA incentives.

Feb 21, 2017 -  Swedish members of parliament Lars Adaktusson (also a member of the European Parliament) and Magnus Oscarsson describe antimicrobial stewardship activities in Sweden, particularly as they apply to the agricultural and veterinary sectors. Adaktusson and Oscarsson advocate for global negotiations to achieve measurable antibiotic reductions in animals raised for meat and propose an international scientific body to monitor appropriate levels of antibiotic use.

Feb 21, 2017 - The 2017 German Federal Ministry of Health report on concerted action for antibiotic research and development details four key ways to spur and inform international policy, including a global union and research fund dedicated to new antibiotics.

Feb 21, 2017 - The Global Antibiotic Research & Development Partnership released updates on its projects to develop antibiotics that target neonatal sepsis, sexually transmitted diseases, pediatric infections, and infections requiring combination therapy. 

Feb 15, 2017 -  In Dar es Salaam’s The Citizen, Syriacus Buguzi, MD, describes how Tanzania is using a One Health approach combined with behavioral, legal, and social components to lay the groundwork for a national action plan to curb rising antibiotic resistance. 

Feb 6, 2017 - Cargill’s Shady Brook Farms brand became the first turkey producer to meet Certified Responsible Antibiotic Use standards in compliance with the School Food Focus program’s meal eligibility requirements for K-12 students in the United States.

Jan 31, 2017 - A report from the Australian Academy of Science’s Theo Murphy High Flyers Think Tank calls for the Australian government to address antibiotic resistance by improving research funding, food labeling, and collaborations between sectors.

Jan 31, 2017 - The "Keep Antibiotics Effective Act of 2017" sponsored by Maryland Senator Paul G. Pinsky (D-District 22) has been introduced in the Maryland Senate. In summary, the act prohibits specified antimicrobials from being administered to animals without a prescription or a veterinary feed directive.

Jan 30, 2017 - Experts associated with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists discussed actions pharmacists can take to implement pending Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services antimicrobial stewardship regulations.

Jan 24, 2017 - Provider featured an in-depth story about how long-term care facilities are meeting the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) antibiotic stewardship requirements, with examples from Maine, Tennessee, Colorado, and New Jersey.

Jan 18, 2017 - The US Joint Commission released its Accreditation Survey Guide for Healthcare Organizations, which provides antimicrobial stewardship standard and survey process material for hospitals, critical access hospitals, and nursing care centers.

Jan 12, 2017 - The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released an online tool that enables users to view the agency's financial investments in state health departments' work to counter antibiotic resistance.

Jan 5, 2017 -  The University of Bristol School of Veterinary Sciences facilitated participatory antimicrobial stewardship policy-making among British dairy farmers, which led to reduced antimicrobial use in farming practice. The results of the pilot process were published in Zoonoses and Public Health

Jan 4, 2017 - The US Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS) released "Module 29: Veterinary Feed Directive," a free online training on regulatory oversight of medically important antimicrobials in the feed of food-producing animals. The course reflects changes in veterinary oversight of agricultural antimicrobial use that went into effect on Jan 1, per the US Food and Drug Administration's Guidance for Industry #213.

Jan 1, 2017 - The Joint Commission's Medication Management Standard (MM 09.01.01), which addresses antimicrobial stewardship for hospitals, critical access hospitals, nursing care centers, and other healthcare providers, goes into effect today.

Dec 23, 2016 - The US Department of Health and Human Services announced that a meeting will be held for the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria on January 25, 2017.

Dec 22, 2016 - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released its summary report on antimicrobials sold or distributed in 2015 for use in food-producing animals, finding a 2% increase in the sale of medically important antimicrobials from 2014 to 2015. Sales of medically important antimicrobials for animal use increased by 26% from 2009 to 2015. 

Dec 16, 2016 - Delia Grace, DVM, PhD, wrote an opinion piece for Devex exploring antibiotic access versus excess in the livestock sector and the effect of veterinary and agricultural stewardship policies on low- and middle-income countries.

Dec 13, 2016 - The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its 2016 Year in Review, which highlights the agency's work in detecting, responding to, and preventing antimicrobial resistance.

Dec 13, 2016 - The ReAct Group published an opinion piece on how differing definitions of delinkage may affect the EU-US Transatlantic Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance consensus on recommending delinkage as an incentive for antibiotic development.

Dec 7, 2016 - The 21st Century Cures Act was passed today by the US Senate after being approved by the US House of Representatives last week. Provisions in the act allow for smaller clinical trias to develop new antibiotics for multidrug-resistant infections and faster updating of antimicrobial susceptibility breakpoints. The bill now moves to President Obama for his signature.

Dec 6, 2016 - Representatives from United Kingdom and China signed the Memorandum of Understanding on the UK-China Antimicrobial Resistance Research and Innovation Collaboration between the Department of Health of the UK and the Ministry of Science and Technology of China, which supports joint collaboration in the translation of research into new solutions to address antimicrobial resistance. The MOU was signed at the 2016 UK-China High Level People-to-People Dialogue on Dec 6, 2016.

Dec 5, 2016 - California state senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) introduced a bill to mandate reporting of antibiotic-resistant infections and deaths, require doctors to record antibiotic-resistant infections on death certificates when they are the cause of death, and establish a statewide surveillance system to track drug-resistant infections and deaths.

Dec 2, 2016 - In an opinion piece for Forbes, Henry I. Miller, MS, MD, discusses a policy that would establish a limited-population antibacterial drug (LPAD) pathway as a provision of the 21st Century Cures Act.

Nov 18, 2016 - The Food and Drug Administration released the 2014 National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) Integrated Report, which gathers surveillance data from human clinical samples, slaughter samples, and retail meat samples to assess the nature and magnitude of resistance in bacteria moving through the food supply and causing illnesses in humans.

Nov 15, 2016 - Pharmacy Practice News published an article on how hospitals and long-term care facilities can prepare for implementation of the Joint Commission's Antimicrobial Stewardship Standard, which is slated to take effect on Jan 1, 2017. 

Nov 10, 2016 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published "Core Elements of Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship," which includes recommendations for primary care, emergency departments, dentists, and retail health settings.

Nov 3, 2016 - The World Health Organization (WHO) released new guidelines for preventing surgical site infections, recommending that antibiotic prophylaxis be administered before and during, but not after, surgery. 

Oct 30, 2016 - The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published updated guidance for systemic and topical fluoroquinolone use in children.

Oct 27, 2016 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) developed an online guide comprising four toolkits to help nursing homes implement and sustain an antimicrobial stewardship program.

Oct 19, 2016 - Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) released a health policy blueprint to guide the next US White House administration and Congress in taking action against seven health problems, including antimicrobial resistance.  



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