Consumer Reports, the world’s largest nonprofit consumer group, launched a campaign Tuesday to help wipe out antibiotic-resistant bacteria or “superbugs.”
Each year, these bacteria cause infections in 2.3 million Americans and kill 37,000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Antibiotic-resistant infection is the health crisis of our generation,” Consumer Reports President and Chief Executive Officer Marta Tellado said.
The only way progress will take place is through bold steps, including:
- Requiring hospitals and health-care providers to report antibiotic use and antibiotic-resistant infections.
- Mandatory real-time reporting of outbreaks related to antibiotic-resistant infections.
- A ban on using antibiotics on healthy animals.
The push to wipe out the superbugs begins Tuesday with the White House Forum on Antibiotic Stewardship. Consumer Reports will also collaborate with seven U.S. health care organizations in an effort to cut the use of antibiotics for viral infections by 20 percent within three years. Consumer Reports will also release a three-part investigative series on antibiotic resistance.
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