SHEA joined with IDSA in a June 6, 2013 letter thanking Representative Jim Matheson (D-UT) for introducing a revised “Strategies to Address Antimicrobial Resistance (STAAR) Act”. The STAAR act is intended to strengthen the federal response to antimicrobial resistance by appointing an office and director of the existing Interagency Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance (ITFAR) to better facilitate coordination and ensure success; establishing a Public Health Advisory Board comprised of non-government experts to advise the ITFAR on an on-going basis; and creating a strategic research plan drafted by a blue-ribbon panel of experts, among other things.

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