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Antibiotic Resistance

  • Study Examines Role of Seasonal Prescribing Changes in Antibiotic Resistance
    A new study published in Clinical Infectious Diseases and available online shows how seasonal changes in outpatient antibiotic use – retail sales of antibiotics typically get a boost during the winter – can significantly alter seasonal patterns of drug resistance. The ...More
    July 2, 2012 Posted in News
  • IDSA Commends Congressional Action to Incentivize Antibiotic Development
    Thomas G. Slama, MD, FIDSA, president of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, today issued the following statement: "Congress took important action today against the public health threat of antibiotic resistance by passing the Food and Drug Administration Safety and ...More
    June 26, 2012 Posted in News
  • IDSA Commends Bipartisan Agreement on FDA Safety and Innovation Act
    Thomas G. Slama, MD, FIDSA, president of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), issued the following statement today: "In a critical move in the fight against antibiotic resistance, House and Senate members announced a bipartisan agreement on the Food and Drug ...More
    June 19, 2012 Posted in News
  • Antimicrobial Resistance for Common UTI Drug Increases Five-fold Since 2000
    In a surveillance study of over 12 million bacteria, investigators at The George Washington University and Providence Hospital found E. coli antimicrobial resistance to ciprofloxacin, the most commonly prescribed antimicrobial for urinary tract infections in the U.S., ...More
    April 30, 2012 Posted in News
  • Antibiotic Resistance Flourishes in Freshwater Systems
    The children's book author Dr. Seuss may have been on to something when he imagined that microscopic communities could live and flourish on small specs of dust, barely visible to the naked eye. In fact, such vibrant communities exist – in a material with a Seussical ...More
    April 25, 2012 Posted in News
  • FDA to Promote Judicious Antimicrobial Use
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today that it is taking three steps to protect public health and promote the judicious use of medically important antibiotics in food-producing animals. Antimicrobial resistance occurs when bacteria or other microbes develop ...More
    April 11, 2012 Posted in News
  • IDSA Asking Physicians to Speak Up About Antibiotic Stewardship
    The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) is asking physicians all over the country to speak up and contact Congress about the urgent need for a new drug approval pathway for desperately needed antibiotics. The “Special Population Limited Medical Use (SPLMU)” ...More
    March 29, 2012 Posted in News
  • IDSA Issues Rhinosinusitis Guidelines to Help Doctors Distinguish Between Bacterial and Viral Cause
    The vast majority of sinus infections are caused by viruses and should not be treated with antibiotics, suggest new guidelines released by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA). Nearly 1 in 7 people are diagnosed with a sinus infection each year. Although sinus ...More
    March 21, 2012 Posted in News
  • Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Proliferate in Agricultural Soils
    Infectious diseases kill roughly 13 million people worldwide, annually, a toll that continues to rise, aided and abetted by resistance genes. Now a study, published in the March 2012 issue of Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy finds reservoirs of resistance in ...More
    March 20, 2012 Posted in News
  • IDSA Proposes New Pathway for Antibiotic Approval
    Congress will consider a new drug approval pathway to encourage development of critically needed, lifesaving antibiotics as part of an overall strategy for addressing the public health crisis of antibiotic resistance. The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) ...More
    March 8, 2012 Posted in News