Health Care Without Harm Joins New National Stakeholder Group on Antimicrobial Resistance; Calls for Comprehensive and Coordinated US Strategy

On September 4, 2014, the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) launched the U.S. Stakeholder Forum on Antimicrobial Resistance (S-FAR) and released the Forum’s foundational principles. Health Care Without Harm joins IDSA as well over 75 other national organizations representing medical and allied health professionals, hospitals and other health care facilities, patients and consumers, public health, research and advocacy, industry, and international health organizations in this important partnership. Partners will convene for the inaugural S-FAR meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 9, 2014.

“Health Care Without Harm believes that a diverse set of stakeholders must work collaboratively in order to effectively address the global public health crisis of antimicrobial resistance,” said Gary Cohen, president and founder of Health Care Without Harm. “We also recognize the need for federal and regulatory support to transition to a food system that does not rely on antibiotics to produce meat. By joining S-FAR, we look forward to working with our partners to push for effective U.S. government strategies that address antibiotic resistance.”

S-FAR was convened on the principle that any U.S. government strategy to address antimicrobial resistance should involve sustained and meaningful engagement with non-government experts and stakeholders throughout the policy development and implementation process.

For a full list of S-FAR partners, visit