Antibiotic Awareness

CDPHE is joining the CDC in a national effort to combat the growing threat of antibiotic resistance by asking Colorado healthcare providers to Be Antibiotics Aware. It is estimated that nearly 1/3 of antibiotic courses prescribed in doctors’ offices and emergency rooms are unnecessary. Improving antibiotic prescribing is a national priority to combat antibiotic resistance. 

During U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week (USAAW), November 18-24, 2021 (2022 date to be announced), we are kicking off our Antibiotic Awareness Initiative 2021 by sending letters to the top 10%** of antibiotic prescribers among Colorado family physicians, internists, pediatricians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, dentists, and emergency medicine physicians. The letters will direct prescribers to this website where resources can be accessed to improve antibiotic prescribing and use.  

While this outreach is meant to mobilize the state’s top prescribers to take action to optimize antibiotic use, all providers can access CDC’s Be Antibiotic Aware information and CDPHE’s local data and resources to improve antibiotic prescribing and use in all settings and help combat antibiotic resistance 52 weeks a year.

**This analysis was based upon the number of antibiotic prescriptions dispensed from community pharmacies in 2019 from data provided by IQVIA, a research organization participating in CDC’s Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Challenge to fight antibiotic resistance across the globe.

If you are a provider who received a letter from CDPHE regarding antibiotic use, please take a moment to provide feedback.