Federal council forms to tackle antibiotic resistance

Federal council forms to tackle antibiotic resistance

Representatives are from agriculture, human health and industry; USDA, DoD and HHS are represented agencies

A host of doctors, veterinarians and other stakeholders will serve on the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria, a group officially appointed by USDA, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Defense last week.

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The group will focus on ways to implement the National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria. The plan's aim is to prevent and control outbreaks of resistant pathogens.

Representatives are from agriculture, human health and industry; USDA, DoD and HHS are represented agencies

The work of the Advisory Council complements other federal efforts, which provide a roadmap to preserve the effectiveness of antibiotics, strengthen surveillance, prevent the transmission of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, further new research, and improve international coordination.

"The range and depth of expertise on the Advisory Council will be invaluable to USDA and our partner agencies as we work to ensure the continued effectiveness of antibiotics," said Agriculture Secretary Vilsack. "We at USDA look forward to working with these council members who have dedicated their careers to addressing what has become a critical public health concern."

"The threat from antibiotic resistant bacteria is not just a health issue - it is a threat to the safety of all Americans and their trust in our institutions providing health care," said the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, Dr. Jonathan Woodson. "The Defense Department is excited about this opportunity to work with leading scientists and researchers in the field to improve our national and international strategies for combating antibiotic-resistant bacteria."

Established by Executive Order 13676, signed by President Obama on Sept. 18, 2014, the Advisory Council, comprising fifteen experts and five organizations, will provide advice, information, and recommendations to the HHS Secretary on programs and policies related to combating antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

The Advisory's Council's inaugural meeting, open to the public, will be held Sept. 29 in Washington, D.C.

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