January 1, 2008

IDSA Advocacy Update
New IDSA Policy Report on Antimicrobial Resistance

The latest report in the Society’s campaign to improve the pipeline of antimicrobials was announced during a key meeting of federal policymakers and infectious diseases experts in December 2007.

In the report, published in the January 15 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases, IDSA outlines a three-pronged strategy to address the growing antimicrobial resistance problem, including new incentives for increased research and development of new antimicrobial tools, ending non-therapeutic antimicrobial use in animals, and better federal coordination, surveillance, data collection, and research on resistance. (A news release on the report is available online.)

The December meeting was held to update the 2001 federal Public Health Action Plan to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance. An updated action plan is expected this fall. 

CAP Clinical Trials and FDA

In January, IDSA co-sponsored a workshop with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help establish what standards new drugs against community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) should have to meet in order to receive FDA approval. The Society has criticized FDA for failing to provide clear guidance on clinical trial design for new drugs against CAP. The lack of guidance has frustrated some drug makers’ efforts to study potential products, while other companies have stayed on the sidelines.

The workshop program and the federal register notice about the workshop are available online.

 In other recent advocacy news, IDSA has: 

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