Case Western, Cleve­land VA part­ner to fight an­tibi­otic resistance

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —Ly­dia Coutre, Crain’s Cleve­land Busi­ness

Case Western Re­serve Univer­sity School of Medicine and the Cleve­land VA Med­i­cal Cen­ter have teamed up open a new cen­ter ded­i­cated to find­ing so­lu­tions to an­tibi­otic resistance.

Dr. Robert Bonomo will be the di­rec­tor of the new Case VA CARES (CWRU-Cleve­land VAMC Cen­ter for An­timi- cro­bial Resistance and Epi­demi­ol­ogy), which will in­clude work rang­ing from ba­sic sci­ence to drug dis­cov­ery to new treat­ment ap­proaches.

In­creas­ingly, bac­te­ria and other micro­organ­isms are de­vel­op­ing resistance to the an­tibi­otics used to kill them, both im­per­il­ing health and adding to health­care costs as doc­tors try dif­fer­ent medicines, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease. Stud­ies show an­tibi­otic resistance adds as much as $20 bil­lion per year in ex­cess di­rect health­care costs.

Ev­ery year, at least 2 mil­lion peo­ple in the U.S. are in­fected with an­tibi­oti­cre­sis­tant bac­te­ria and at least 23,000 die as a re­sult, ac­cord­ing to the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Prevention.

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