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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in a study released on Thursday, warned that the rise of antibiotic-resistant infections poses a threat to the public health.
The report cited a recent CDC study that found that the total number of deaths linked to antibiotic-resistance infections has nearly tripled over the past decade.
“Antibiotic resistance is a significant public health challenge,” the study said.
“It threatens the ability of the U.S. to protect people from dangerous infections and its ability to prevent or treat them.”
CDC data shows the number of antibiotic prescriptions given each year is increasing.
The new CDC report said that prescription drug use is expected to grow significantly in the coming years.
“We need to invest in research and development and better drug discovery,” CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden said.
The CDC study found that prescriptions for antibiotics were used on a staggering 4.6 billion prescriptions for a total of 1.1 trillion prescriptions given in the United States.
“The vast majority of these prescriptions are used for antibiotics that are prescribed by hospitals, doctors and other health care providers,” Frieden added.
The CDC report comes as President Donald Trump continues to push to roll back regulations on antibiotic use.
Trump recently ordered the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to delay the implementation of the FDA’s regulation that would require that antibiotic-prescribed drugs be tested before being approved by the FDA.
Trump said he is “moving quickly” to rollback the regulations.
“We need a new drug approval process, which is the only way we’re going to get good drugs to the people of this country, which will help prevent antibiotic-associated disease,” Trump said during a rally in West Palm Beach, Florida, on Saturday.
“But I’m moving fast.
We’re going fast.”
The president has also vowed to slash the number and cost of antibiotics prescribed to treat people who have been exposed to the drug.
In September, Trump signed an executive order that included a plan to rollbacks the FDA regulations on antibiotics, which were created by the Obama administration.
The order would require the FDA to develop a new set of regulations that would include a new rule that would allow doctors to prescribe antibiotics for their patients, a proposal that has been met with criticism.
President Trump has been criticized for signing an executive decree that did not include a provision that would have allowed doctors to write new prescriptions for the drug that the president said is necessary for the “end of drug resistance.”
“I want to make sure we do it fast and efficiently.
And I will work very hard on it,” Trump told a crowd at a rally on Saturday in West Virginia.
“Because I have been told by many doctors that I’m going to see an increase in antibiotic use and an increase of antibiotic resistance.
I think that’s very serious.
And we need to be very careful.”