Get Smart About Antibiotics
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Antibiotic Awareness Initiative

A note from Dr. Lauri Hicks, Director of CDC’s Office of Antibiotic Stewardship


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Lauri Hicks, DO
Commander, United States Public Health Service (USPHS),
Medical Epidemiologist, Respiratory Diseases Branch,
Medical Director, Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work Program

Improving Antibiotic Use in the U.S.

The use of antibiotics is the single most important factor leading to antibiotic resistance around the world. Antibiotics are among the most commonly prescribed drugs used in human medicine. However, up to 50 percent of all the antibiotics prescribed for people are not needed or are not optimally effective as prescribed. CDC’s Office of Antibiotic Stewardship works to optimize antibiotic use in human healthcare to combat antibiotic resistance and improve healthcare quality and patient safety across all settings, including inpatient, outpatient, and long-term care facilities. Appropriate antibiotic use refers to prescribing antibiotics only when they are needed, and when they are, ensuring the right antibiotic, dose, and duration are correct. Appropriate use will help ensure the continued availability of effective antibiotics to treat bacterial infections.

How QVF Can Help CDC Improve Antibiotic Use

QVF has been instrumental in helping CDC promote appropriate antibiotic use. In addition to being a communications cornerstone on the potential dangers of the inappropriate use of Fluoroquinolones, CDC urges you to consider promoting Get Smart about Antibiotics Week, which will be held November 14-20, 2016. The observance is a key component of CDC’s efforts to improve antibiotic stewardship in communities, in healthcare facilities, and on the farm in collaboration with state-based programs, nonprofit partners, and for-profit partners. The one-week observance raises awareness of the threat of antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic prescribing and use. Your participation is welcomed and appreciated! All information about Get Smart Week, 2016 will be posted on CDC’s Get Smart Week website leading up to the annual observance. Check back often for updates! To receive updates via email, please email: getsmart@cdc.gov.

QVF Executive Director Rachel Brummert on Antibiotic Stewardship


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Rachel Brummert
President/Executive Director
Quinolone Vigilance Foundation
rachel@saferpills.org

The overprescribing of antibiotics, including fluoroquinolones, have led to a worldwide epidemic of antibiotic resistant infections.

Every year, at least 2 million illnesses and 23,000 deaths are caused by antibiotic resistant bacteria- germs that do not respond to drugs developed to kill them.

When physicians inappropriately prescribe fluoroquinolone antibiotics- long considered the “big guns” of antibiotics- for infections which do not need “the big guns”, bacterial infections can become resistant to them.

Developing stronger antibiotics to combat the new Superbugs will only add to the epidemic. Preventing, detecting, and combatting antibiotic resistance takes a coordinated effort.

This is why the Quinolone Vigilance Foundation supports The White House’s National Strategy to Combat Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Antibiotic Stewardship Program.

QVF staff with CDC

January 2016 QVF Staff met with CDC where we shared our experiences with quinolones.

Part of what we do at the foundation is educate doctors about the risks of fluoroquinolones and we include strategic steps to curb the overprescribing of antibiotics as a whole. Many of the doctor’s offices and medical centers we have educated now have awareness posters depicting when an antibiotic is appropriate, and when it isn’t.

The Quinolone Vigilance Foundation has partnered with the CDC on their Get Smart program and we are actively collaborating with the CDC on awareness and communication campaigns about fluoroquinolone dangers and antibiotic resistance.

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July 2016 QVF Staff met with CDC to discuss responsible use of antibiotics.