Antibiotic resistance has been declared a crisis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization, and President Obama. The concern is that we will soon face a "post-antibiotic era." The genesis of this crisis was the failure of new antibiotics to keep pace with resistance and the massive overuse of these drugs. A shocking observation is that on any given day, about 50% of all hospitalized patients in the United States receive antibiotics. The consensus is that antibiotics are given too often, for too long, and are too broad in spectrum.
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The CDC has responded with a comprehensive program designed to facilitate the smart use of antibiotics, slow resistance, and improve patient care. All healthcare facilities that receive funding from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will be required to participate in the program, so all healthcare providers who prescribe antibiotics within these facilities will likely be affected.