House Concurrent Resolution No. 30



Whereas, antibiotic-resistant infections are more likely to produce adverse health outcomes and are more costly to treat than susceptible infections; and

Whereas, the widespread use of antibiotics has increased the type and incidence of bacteria that are resistant to treatment by antibiotics; and

Whereas, antibiotic resistance is caused by the overuse of antibiotics in general, with overuse of selected agents in particular; and

Whereas, over the past five years the rate of penicillin resistance increased by more than three hundred percent and the rate of cefotaxime resistance increased by more than one thousand percent; and

Whereas, patients infected with antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria can require hospitalization when otherwise unnecessary and be subject to an increased rate of death; and

Whereas, the process of creating antibiotic-resistance increases pharmaceutical costs through inappropriate prescribing of antibiotic agents and increases total health care costs for the additional hospitalization and other forms of additional medical care required in the treatment of resistant strains of bacteria; and

Whereas, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) have developed recommendations for health care professionals regarding best practices for the judicious use of antibiotics:

Now, therefore, be it resolved that the members of the House of Representatives of the Ninetieth General Assembly, Second Regular Session, the Senate concurring therein, hereby endorse the CDC/AAP recommendations and urge each health care professional and managed care plan operating in Missouri to adopt the recommendations in their practice and formularies; and

Be it further resolved that the Chief Clerk of the Missouri House of Representatives be instructed to prepare properly inscribed copies of this resolution for the Director of the Department of Health and the Director of the Department of Insurance for appropriate action.

Offered by Representative Joan Barry

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