Selasa, 31 Agustus 2010

10 years of the Interagency Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance (ITFAR)

In 1999 the ITFAR was created to bring together the 10 US federal agencies (CDC, FDA, NIH and AHRQ, CMS, DOA, DOD, DVA, EPA, HRSA and USAID) working on areas of antimicrobial resistance.  With the 10 year anniversery of the ITFAR, Resources for the Future's Abigail Colson has put together a nice 4-page policy brief that describes the outcomes of this joint effort.

The summary is that "the task force has successfully documented progress on federal antimicrobial resistance-related projects and increased communication both within the agencies and between the agencies and external partners," yet "has failed to live up to its potential as a priority-setting and decisionmaking body." Given the important and even central position of ITFAR, one hopes there is more left in the tank.

link to pdf from CDDEP (RFF's Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy)

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