ACP is one of 12 national health organizations partnering with the CDC and the Pew Charitable Trusts in a joint statement on the importance of outpatient antibiotic stewardship.
All antibiotic use carries a risk of contributing to the development of antibiotic resistance. In the U.S. alone, at least 2 million Americans acquire a serious antibiotic-resistant infection each year, with an estimated 23,000 deaths as a direct result. In 2015, the White House released a goal to reduce inappropriate antibiotic use in outpatient settings by 50% by the year 2020.
ACP is committed to supporting these national targets by working in partnership with our members to expand current antibiotic stewardship efforts and helping our members use antibiotics appropriately in outpatient settings.
For more information, read the joint statement.