The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) on Monday indicated its approval of President Barack Obama's request of increasing federal funding into research in antibiotic resistance in his FY 2016 budget request.
According to IDSA, infectious agents that are resistant to antibiotics affect over two million people annually, they state that this leads to an average of 23,000 deaths. They also state that infections of this kind put a burden of approximately $20 billion on the nation's healthcare system.
Obama's proposed plan would commit $1.2 billion to address key factors in this growing medical issue. Funding areas would include increased research and development in new treatment options and efforts to ensure appropriate use of current antibiotics so that effective ones are not overused and then deemed ineffective.
The proposed funding would send approximately $650 million to the National Institutes of Health and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority to facilitate increased research measures with corporate and academic partners. It also proposes funding to health agencies such as the Centers for Disease Prevention and control, which IDSA states has been severely underfunded.
In addition to praise, the society stressed the need for legislation to be enacted that allows patients quicker access to antibiotics, and they urge the president and Congress to come to an agreement to help this area.