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On Tuesday, November 13 at 10:00 a.m. EST, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy (CDDEP), in collaboration with more than a dozen of the nation’s leading health care organizations [including Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA), The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), The Society of Infectious Disease Pharmacists (SIDP) and The Pew Charitable Trusts], will unveil the details of an unprecedented joint partnership to fight against antibiotic resistance.  The telephone-only briefing coincides with CDC’s “Get Smart About Antibiotics Week.”

Telebriefing participants will discuss alarming patterns of antibiotic use and resistance in the United States.  Participants will also share plans for working together to preserve antibiotic effectiveness and slow antibiotic resistance. In addition, CDDEP’s Extending the Cure project will release new research identifying patterns of antibiotic overuse in certain areas of the United States.


  • Arjun Srinivasan, Associate Director for Healthcare-Associated Infection Prevention Programs, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Ramanan Laxminarayan, Director, Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy
  • Question & answer session to include representatives from signatory organizations


WHEN:           Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. ET

WHERE:         For domestic and international dial-in information and to register for this telephone-only briefing, access speaker bios, infographics, and other materials, please go here.

CONTACT:    Lowell Dempsey, or 301-280-5741

About the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting public health activities in the United States.
CDC’s focus is not only on scientific excellence but also on the essential spirit that is CDC – to protect the health of all people. CDC keeps humanity at the forefront of its mission to ensure health protection through promotion, prevention, and preparedness. 

About Extending the Cure

Extending the Cure, which is supported in part by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is  research and consultative effort that examines policy solutions to address the growing problem of antibiotic resistance. The project is based at the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy (CDDEP) in Washington, DC. To find out more, go to