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Antimicrobial action plan

This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet

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Evaluation of benefits/risks of incorporating antimicrobial disinfectants or chemicals into consumer products such as soap included in final interdepartmental antimicrobial resistance action plan unveiled by HHS Jan. 18. Although not specified in the final version, a draft released in June said agencies likely will consider whether such products "have any efficacy in reducing infection" and if they "play a role in promoting drug resistance" (1"The Rose Sheet" June 26, 2000, p. 8). Developed by the Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance, the plan designates priorities, identifies responsible agencies and creates timelines for facilitating surveillance, prevention and control, research and product development to address antimicrobial resistance. CDC, NIH and FDA are leading task force of 10 agencies and departments
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