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DRAFT PUBLIC HEALTH ACTION PLAN TO COMBAT ANTIMICROBIAL RESISTANCE AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC COMMENT

FDA Veterinarian Newsletter July/August 2000 Volume XV, No IV

A notice in the June 22, 2000, Federal Register announced the availability for comment of a "Draft Public Health Action Plan to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance." This Draft Action Plan provides a blueprint for comprehensive and coordinated efforts of Federal agencies in addressing the emergence of antimicrobial resistance.

The Draft Action Plan was produced by the Interagency Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance. The Task Force, established in 1999, is co-chaired by CDC, FDA, and NIH, and includes the Health Care Financing Administration, the Health Resources and Services Administration, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Copies of the Draft Action Plan are available on the Internet. Readers who do not have access to the Internet may obtain paper copies from the FDA Veterinarian or from the Office of Health Communication, National Center for Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Mailstop C-14, 1600 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30333; fax: 404-371-5489.

Written comments on the Draft Action Plan should be submitted by August 4, 2000, to the Office of Health Communication, National Center for Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Mailstop C-14, 1600 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30333; fax: 404-371-5489; e-mail: aractionplan@cdc.gov.