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Public Health Action Plan

In 2001, the Interagency Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance developed A Public Health Action Plan to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance as a blueprint for specific, coordinated federal actions to address the emerging threat of antimicrobial resistance. It reflects a broad-based consensus of federal agencies, which was reached with input from state and local health agencies, universities, professional societies, pharmaceutical companies, healthcare delivery organizations, agricultural producers, consumer groups, and other members of the public.

The Action Plan outlines 84 action items that target a wide range of issues related to antimicrobial resistance. The action items address the emergence and spread of resistance in bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites; and they encompass the areas of human and veterinary medicine, agriculture, and consumer products.

The action items are organized into four focus areas:

  • Surveillance
  • Prevention and Control
  • Research
  • Product Development

While some actions are already underway, complete implementation of this plan requires close collaboration with partners, which is a major objective of the process. The plan has been implemented incrementally, dependent on the availability of resources. Progress on implementation of the Action Plan is documented in Annual Reports

Revised Action Plan

In December 2007, the Interagency Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance held a consultants meeting to obtain input and recommendations for revising and updating A Public Health Action Plan to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance.  In addition to over fifty consultants from the United States, nine international consultants participated in the meeting, along with representatives from federal agencies.

The Revised Action Plan will focus on federal activities in four focus areas: surveillance, prevention and control, research, and product development. While the original Action Plan focused primarily on domestic issues, the Revised Action plan will also include global issues, since resistance is a problem worldwide.  The Revised Action Plan will be available for public comment in 2010.


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