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Antibiotics and Antibiotic Resistance

Antibiotics are powerful drugs, but they are not the cure for all that ails you. Antibiotics, also known as antimicrobial drugs, are drugs that fight infections caused by bacteria. They are not effective against viral infections like the common cold, most sore throats, and the flu. 

Today, almost all important bacterial infections in the United States and throughout the world are becoming resistant to antibiotics. Antibiotic resistance has been called one of the world's most pressing public health problems. The smart use of antibiotics is the key to controlling the spread of resistance.

Get Smart About Antibiotics

The misuse of antibiotics has contributed to one of the world’s most pressing public health problems today -- antibiotic resistance.  FDA has teamed up with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other health care professional,  government, academic, international and industry partners to support Get Smart About Antibiotics Week as part of a joint effort to encourage the appropriate use of antibiotics. 

Get Smart About Antibiotics Week logo for November 14-20, 2011


Information from FDA


Related Resources

Further information about antibiotics and antibiotic resistance from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: