Obama on antibacterial resistance

Though Ebola is dominating the news other health threats such as antibiotic resistance have not disappeared.

In September, President Barack Obama signed an executive order to establish a new task force dedicated to addressing antibiotic resistance.

The national strategy lays out a series of steps to address the decreasing effectiveness of antibiotics; many are similar to those identified in April by the World Health Organization. They include establishing surveillance systems for tracking the spread of antibiotic-resistant infections in health-care and agricultural settings, providing financial and regulatory incentives for researchers and pharmaceutical companies to develop new antibiotics and devising methods to quickly diagnose antibiotic-resistant infections.

The White House action comes at the same time as the release of the report on antibiotic resistance from the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST).

More on the European strategy next week!

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