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White House proposes doubling spending on combating antibiotic resistance to $1.6bn in 2016

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h534 (Published 29 January 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h534
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

US President Barack Obama will ask Congress to almost double the funding for federal efforts to combat antibiotic resistance in his budget for 2016, White House officials said on 27 January. This will raise US spending on these programmes to more than $1.2bn (£0.8bn; €1bn).

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has estimated that antibiotic resistant bacteria cause at least two million cases of illness and 23 000 deaths in the US alone each year, incurring at least $20bn in excess direct health costs and up to $35bn in lost productivity caused by admissions to hospital and sick days.

Under the president’s proposal, $650m …

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