Antibiotic-resistant bacteria − a serious threat to public health, the economy
Antibiotics are among the most commonly prescribed drugs and save millions of lives each year. However, widespread, long-term use has led to an alarming rise in antibiotic-resistant bacteria that, in the U.S. alone, cause 2 million illnesses and 23,000 deaths each year.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization have declared antibiotic resistance to be a serious national and global health problem (PDF). In response, TMF is working with outpatient providers in Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico and Texas to develop a comprehensive antibiotic stewardship program (also known as antimicrobial stewardship) to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria.