Antimicrobial resistance (AMR)—A global public health crisis

Each time a microorganism becomes resistant to an antibiotic, we lose another weapon in the war against infection. Resistant infections can be difficult to treat,1 putting more patients at risk for severe disease and death. New resistance mechanisms are emerging—and spreading globally—every day. The result? In the very near future, we may be left without any drugs at all to fight serious, resistant infections.2

Cepheid is committed to fighting the war on Antimicrobial Resistance. Key actions to combat the spread of resistance include:1

Limiting the Spread
Drug-resistant organisms pose a deadly threat to our ability to care for patients. Specific and immediate steps can  reduce the spread of resistant pathogens.

Tracking Resistance
Drug resistance is a complex, fast-changing global health crisis. To fight it, we need to find and track drug-resistant bacteria and work fast to prevent their spread.

Improving Stewardship
Conserving antibiotics is the top priority. Rapid diagnostics can help transform the fight against "superbugs" by changing the way we prescribe.

Developing New Solutions
Innovative new, on-demand diagnostics can help prevent the inappropriate use and overuse of antibiotics and reduce empirical treatment.

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1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  “About Antimicrobial Resistance.” Available at Accessed December 21, 2015.; 2. World Health Organization. “Antimicrobial resistance: global report on surveillance.” June, 2014.