The Clinician Champions in Comprehensive Antibiotic Stewardship (CCCAS) Collaborative aims to increase knowledge within the clinical community of the link between antibiotic resistance and antibiotic use in agriculture and to promote policy action that supports judicious use.
CCCAS is concerned about the rise in antibiotic resistance that is making treatment of bacterial infections increasingly difficult.
Antibiotic resistance is a growing problem that more and more patients and providers are facing each day, and antibiotic overuse is a major contributor to this problem. While as many as one in three antibiotic prescriptions in human health care may be overly broad or even unnecessary, roughly two thirds of the medically important antibiotics sold in the U.S. go to food producing animals. Meat producers often administer the drugs to animals that aren't sick to compensate for unsanitary, overcrowded, and stressful living conditions.
The CCCAS Collaborative is a joint committee of Health Care Without Harm, the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society , Sharing Antimicrobial Reports for Pediatric Stewardship group, and the U.S. Public Interest Research Group.