Emergence of the Superbug: Antimicrobial Resistance in the United States, Hearing of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, United States Senate, One Hundred Tenth Congress, Second Session on Examining the Public Health Impacts of Antimicrobial Resistant Bacterial Infections in the United States, Focusing on Current Antimicrobials and Continued Development of New Solutions for the Future Protection Against Infectious Diseases, June 24, 2008 [open pdf - 379KB]
From the opening statement of Sherrod Brown: "Over the last year we've seen news reports about outbreaks around the country of dangerous infections for which there are increasingly fewer treatment options. One of the most common is a strain of staph infection that's resistant to penicillin and other related antibiotics commonly referred to by the acronym as you know, MRSA. While MRSA was previously thought to occur only in hospital settings, that's bad enough. Americans have begun to contract it in the community, at schools and through sporting events primarily. Last year the Journal of the American Medical Association reported that MRSA infections occur in approximately 94,000 people each year and are associated with approximately 19,000 deaths. That supercedes deaths from AIDS, a scourge that has taken hard thinking in legislation to help treat. MRSA is a wake up call. It signals the need, the urgent need to confront antimicrobial resistance. Antimicrobial resistance can occur whenever antibiotics are not used appropriately, when doctors over prescribe, when patients don't understand the importance of taking their full course of therapy, than to restore it and when in various ways antimicrobials find their way into the environment. All of this takes its toll." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Sherrod Brown, Fred C. Tenover, Orrin G. Hatch, Linda R. Tollefson, Brandon Noble, Patrick J. Brennan, Jay P. Graham, Lyle P. Vogel, Barry I. Esisenstein, and Richard J. Durbin.
S. Hrg. 110-989; Senate Hearing 110-989
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