Curbing The Overuse Of Antibiotics

Curbing The Overuse Of Antibiotics

Overprescription of antibiotics has led to the development of antibiotic-resistant "superbugs" that kill thousands each year. Antibiotics in animal feed add to the problem. We look at how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other groups aim to track antibiotic use and curb overuse.

Antibiotic-resistant "superbugs" are now rampant in the U.S., causing 23,000 deaths a year. Overprescription of antibiotics is one of the main culprits, yet American doctors continue to prescribe the drugs at one of the highest rates in the world. Adding to the issue is the widespread use of antibiotics for livestock. We find out about new programs, including an initiative launched by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to track and curb antibiotic use.

Guests

Keeve Nachman

Director, Food Production and Public Health Program, Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future

Cara Larson Biddle

Pediatrician, Center for Community Pediatric Health, Children’s National Medical Center

Arjun Srinivasan

Associate Director for Healthcare Associated Infection Prevention Programs, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, Centers for Disease Control

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