Crucial Info Missing on U.S. Antibiotic Use

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Crucial Info Missing on U.S. Antibiotic Use
What we know: Antibiotic prescribing in the U.S. is relatively high compared with rates in other countries. What we don’t know: Exactly how all antibiotics are used. Our new report examines the trends and pinpoints where more information is needed.

Why we need more data »

Unnecessary Prescribing Puts Patients at Risk
Prescribing antibiotics when they’re not really needed creates an unnecessary risk for patients. For example, antibiotic use can lead to adverse side effects such as Clostridium difficile infections and allergic reactions. What roles should medical professionals play in improving antibiotic use? We asked doctors, nurses, and others to weigh in.

What the experts say »

New Molecules Needed to Fight Tough Superbugs
Some of the best minds in antibiotic research came together to strategize ways to fight one of the toughest kinds of superbugs: Gram-negative bacteria. Finding—and designing—new molecules, they said, is key.

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In the News
Deadly, Drug-Resistant ‘Superbugs’ Pose Huge Threat, W.H.O. Says
The New York Times
‘Alarming’ Superbugs a Risk to People, Animals and Food, EU Warns
U.S. News & World Report
The Top US Chicken Company Says It’s Going to Stop Using Antibiotics on Its Birds
Dangerous Antibiotic-Resistant Infections on the Rise for Children in the U.S., Study Finds
The Washington Post
Online Pharmacies Are Breeding Grounds For Antibiotic Resistance
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Antibiotics are fundamental to modern medicine, essential for treating everything from routine skin infections to strep throat, and for protecting vulnerable patients receiving chemotherapy or being treated in intensive care units. Pew’s antibiotic resistance project is working to ensure both the prudent use of existing drugs and a robust pipeline of new drugs in order to meet current and future patient needs.

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