New Efforts To Curb The Overuse Of Antibiotics In Animals And People

New Efforts To Curb The Overuse Of Antibiotics In Animals And People

Each year, 2 million people contract antibiotic-resistant infections and 23,000 die. A discussion about the threat of a post-antibiotic age and new efforts to curb the overuse of antibiotics in animals and people.

Every year, more than 23,000 people die from an infection resistant to antibiotics. These are the figures from a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For years there have been warnings about the risks associated with the overuse use of antibiotics, but this is the first study on the numbers of Americans who are infected and die as a direct result of drug resistant microbes. Unnecessary and inappropriate use in humans and in animals are a big part of the problem, but so too is a lack of research dollars for the development of new and more powerful drugs. A discussion about the threat of a post-antibiotic age and new efforts to curb the overuse of antibiotics in animals and people.

Guests

Dr. Thomas Frieden

director, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr. Steven Schwartz

associate dean of clinical informatics and a family medicine physician, Georgetown University School of Medicine.

Dr. Richard Carnevale

vice president for regulatory, scientific and international affairs, Animal Health Institute.

Dr. Lance Price

microbiologist, George Washington University.

Rep. Louise Slaughter

represents the 25th Congressional District of New York, first elected to Congress in 1986, and is now serving her 14th term in the House of Representatives.

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