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Infectious Diseases Experts Show Support for Policies to Improve Use of Antibiotics in the 21st Century Cures Act

Bill Proposes Efforts to Control Antibiotic Resistance in the U.S.

November 30, 2016 (Arlington, VA) — The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) applauds the inclusion of language in the 21st Century Cures Act to aid hospitals and health systems in the fight against antibiotic resistance in the U.S. By including “Antimicrobial Innovation and Stewardship” provision in this bill, Congress is demonstrating strong commitment to controlling the threat of antimicrobial resistance through science-based policy.

Congress’ actions build on the efforts of the Obama Administration to tackle antibiotic resistance with a renewed national commitment. SHEA supports the “Antimicrobial Innovation and Stewardship” provision that includes new requirements relating to antimicrobial use, stewardship, and the development of new antimicrobials, which are imperative to ensuring effective antibiotic treatments, will be readily available for generations of Americans to come.

This week, SHEA held the Antimicrobial Stewardship Research Workshop to prepare healthcare professionals to further national and healthcare based research to improve the use and effectiveness of antibiotics. The meeting, supported by an unrestricted grant from Merck & Co. as a part of their commitment to the National Strategy for Combating Antimicrobial Resistant Bacteria, helps build a network of healthcare professionals with the knowledge and understanding of research methods to design, implement, disseminate, and assess projects related to antimicrobial stewardship.

We can fight back on antimicrobial resistant bacteria, but only through commitment as a community united to address the issue head on, using evidence-based strategies such as stewardship in all clinical settings, and working together to provide our patients and our communities at large with better care. SHEA looks forward to continuing the dialogue and collaborating with government, industry, and other stakeholders to address this critical issue.

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SHEA is a professional society representing physicians and other healthcare professionals around the world with expertise and passion in healthcare epidemiology, infection prevention, and antimicrobial stewardship. SHEA's mission is to prevent and control healthcare-associated infections, improve the use of antibiotics in healthcare settings, and advance the field of healthcare epidemiology. SHEA improves patient care and healthcare personnel safety in all healthcare settings through the critical contributions of healthcare epidemiology and improved antibiotic use.  The society leads this specialty by promoting science and research, advocating for effective policies, providing high-quality education and training, and developing appropriate guidelines and guidance in practice. Visit SHEA online at www.shea-online.org, www.facebook.com/SHEApreventingHAIs and @SHEA_Epi.