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President’s FY 2016 Budget to Include Additional Funding for Antibiotic Resistance

January 30, 2015— The White House Jan. 27 announced that President Obama’s fiscal year (FY) 2016 budget proposal, to be released on Feb. 2, will include $1.2 billion in funding for various agencies, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to address antibiotic resistance.

Calling antibiotic resistance “one of the most pressing public health issues facing the world today,” the statement describes how the funding will “improve antibiotic stewardship; strengthen antibiotic resistance risk assessment, surveillance, and reporting capabilities; and drive research innovation in the human health and agricultural sectors.”

According to the statement, the budget proposal will include:

  • Over $650 million for the NIH and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) to “significantly expand America’s investments in development of antibacterial and new rapid diagnostics, and to launch a large scale effort to characterize drug resistance.”;

  • More than $280 million for the CDC “to support antibiotic stewardship, outbreak surveillance, antibiotic use and resistance monitoring, and research and development related to combating antibiotic resistance.”; and

  • $47 million for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) “to support evaluation of new antibacterial drugs for patient treatments and antibiotic stewardship in animal agriculture.”

The funding builds on the National Strategy for Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria, which outlines steps to improve prevention, detection, and control of resistant pathogens.


Dave Moore
Senior Director, Government Relations
Telephone: 202-828-0559


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