Ohio senator reintroduces bill to tackle antibiotic resistance

Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, on Aug. 13 reintroduced a bill that outlines a multipronged approach to improve federal surveillance, prevention, control and research into antibiotic resistance.

The Strategies to Address Antibiotic Resistance Act would offer healthcare facilities federal grants to research the development and implementation of antibiotic stewardship programs, and permit the CDC to partner with state health departments on prevention work.

The legislation would also permit the government to reauthorize the Interagency Antimicrobial Resistance Task Force, which was first formed in 1999 to coordinate agencies' efforts to address antibiotic resistance, according to the CDC.

Mr. Brown first introduced the STAAR act in the Senate in February 2018. The legislation was referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

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