White House issues antibiotic plan to fight superbugs

March 28, 2015 3:29 PM

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The five-year, $1.2 billion plan is aimed at quelling drug resistance, responsible for an estimated 23,000 deaths and two million illnesses a year in the United States. In part, the Obama administration's plan calls for ending the widespread use of antibiotics in animals raised for food, which is partially to blame for the growing U.S. antibiotic resistance.

Health officials hope the plan will slow the spread of so-called "superbugs" that include methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and CRE, carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae.

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