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American Osteopathic Association Commits to Antibiotic Stewardship at White House Event

CHICAGO—June 2, 2015—The American Osteopathic Association today joined the Department of Health and Human Services at the White House health forum on antibiotic stewardship, committing its support for improving antibiotic use.

The American Osteopathic Association represents the interests of 110,000 osteopathic medical students and practicing DOs in the U.S. DOs are well known for their emphasis on primary care, positioning osteopathic physicians to lead patient education efforts and help change expectations about antibiotic treatment.

“Educating physicians, and the public, about the appropriate use and misuse of antibiotics is a public health imperative. We need to build systems that target antimicrobials to the infecting agents and limit their use,” said Robert Orenstein, DO, an infectious diseases expert practicing at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona.

Dr. Orenstein, the editor-in-chief of The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA), was invited to attend the White House event on behalf of the American Osteopathic Association. The American Osteopathic Association made three commitments to combatting misuse of antibiotics at the event today:

  • To engage DOs in discussion about recommendations for antibiotic use

  • To provide continuing medical education focused on antibiotic stewardship

  • To provide easy-to-understand patient educational materials highlighting the importance of maintaining standards for prescribing antibiotics

“A fundamental tenet of the osteopathic medical profession is the body's tremendous ability to heal itself. It is important for DOs and all health care professionals to partner with their patients to help them understand appropriate utilization of antibiotics for bacterial infections and to take measures to prevent infections and avoid the complications of inappropriate utilization or over utilization of antibiotics, ” said Robert Juhasz, DO, president of the American Osteopathic Association. 

About the American Osteopathic Association

The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) represents more than 110,000 osteopathic physicians (DOs) and osteopathic medical students; promotes public health; encourages scientific research; serves as the primary certifying body for DOs; and is the accrediting agency for osteopathic medical schools. More information on DOs/osteopathic medicine can be found at www.osteopathic.org.

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