New CDC Antibiotic Stewardship Program Will Affect Most US Prescribers

The crisis of antibiotic resistance has spurred the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the World Health Organization to promote the implementation of antibiotic stewardship programs in healthcare facilities. The CDC has put together a comprehensive antibiotic stewardship program that US healthcare facilities must implement if they wish to receive funding from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Avisa believes that once approved, its 13C-Urea BreathTest will facilitate antibiotic stewardship efforts by providing rapid identification of urease pathogens at the point of care in patients diagnosed with pneumonia and aiding clinical decision making regarding antibiotic use and choice of antibiotics.