Obama Administration To Announce Plan To Address Spread Of Drug-Resistant Bacteria

Politico: Administration drafts plan to fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria
“The Obama administration is about to release a long-awaited plan to fight the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria — but scientists and lawmakers are already dismissing it as too weak to make enough progress against one of the most urgent public health risks…” (Wheaton/Purdy, 3/26).

Reuters: White House crafts first-ever plan to fight superbugs
“…The 60-page report is the first ever to tackle antibiotic resistance so broadly. It was compiled by a government task force led by the administration’s top officials for health, agriculture, and defense. A White House official confirmed that it would release the plan on Friday…” (Abutaleb/Baertlein, 3/26).

Washington Times: Obama pushes $1.2 billion plan to fight drug-resistant bacteria
“President Obama on Friday promoted a $1.2 billion plan to fight the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The initiative is aimed at slowing the rise of resistant bacteria, preventing the spread of infections, establishing new tests to identify resistant bacteria faster, and [speeding] up research into new antibiotics and vaccines…” (Wolfgang, 3/27).

WebMD: Obama Unveils Plan to Tackle Antibiotic Resistance
“…[Obama] called on Congress to help fund the plan, but said the administration would act where it could to implement parts of it on its own. The plan will nearly double the amount of money spent on fighting antibiotic resistance to more than $1.2 billion…” (Goodman/Bhargava, 3/27).

WebMD: Exclusive: Obama on Antibiotic Resistance
“Each year, two million people get sick and 23,000 die in the U.S. because the antibiotics we have don’t work. To fight the problem of antibiotic resistance, the White House [Friday] is releasing its National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria. WebMD was given the opportunity to ask President Barack Obama questions about the new plan and how it will work…” (3/27).

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