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ASHP Endorses CDC's Joint Statement on Antibiotic Resistance

Collaborates with CDC, Other Healthcare Organizations to Improve Antibiotic Use

11/13/2012

BETHESDA, MD— The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) is one of 26 signatory organizations that have supported the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) Joint Statement on Antibiotic Resistance that was released today.  
 
Acknowledging the dangers presented by antibiotic resistance, the joint statement  promotes several principles to both conserve and replenish our antibiotic resources, including:
 
  • Improving coordination among stakeholders to promote knowledge sharing and communication to improve antibiotic use ,
  • Promoting the wise use of antibiotics through effective antibiotic stewardship,
  • Identifying and replicating best practices,
  • Supporting research that deepens our understanding of the current situation and trends,
  • Refining and using the definition of “appropriate antibiotic use” to guide stewardship practices,
  • Improving reporting and surveillance for drug-resistant infections,
  •  Encouraging the development of new drug products, diagnostics, and vaccines to combat antibiotic resistance, and
  • Promoting the judicious use of antibiotics in agriculture and food animals,
“ASHP is pleased to support this initiative coordinated by the CDC and we look forward to participating in ongoing efforts to address this critical public health issue,” said ASHP CEO Paul W. Abramowitz, Pharm.D., FASHP. Current ASHP policy affirms the Society’s commitment to antibiotic stewardship and advocates for the inclusion of pharmacists in broad-based public health efforts to combat resistance.
 
In addition to endorsing the joint statement, ASHP is also partnering with the CDC in its “Get Smart About Antibiotics Week,” which takes place the week of November 12-18. Get Smart About Antibiotics Week is a national campaign designed to highlight the coordinated efforts of CDC, state and local health departments, and non-profit and for-profit partners in an effort to educate people about the importance of using antibiotics wisely in both community and healthcare settings. CDC's Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work and Get Smart for Healthcare programs are specifically designed to educate consumers and healthcare providers about appropriate use of antibiotics.
 
About ASHP
 
ASHP is the national professional organization whose nearly 40,000 members include pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and pharmacy students who provide patient care services in hospitals, health systems, and ambulatory clinics. For 70 years, the Society has been on the forefront of efforts to improve medication use and enhance patient safety. For more information about the wide array of ASHP activities and the many ways in which pharmacists help people make the best use of medicines, visit ASHP's website, www.ashp.org, or its consumer website, www.safemedication.com.
 
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