Libby Dodds Ashley Talks About the Need for New Antibiotics

Many drug companies have announced plans to stop development of antibiotics for financial reasons. In a recent article in Healio, DASON director and Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists President Libby Dodds Ashley spoke about the importance of continuing to develop new antibiotics.

It’s the one area that drug companies are abandoning and it’s the one drug class that will always need more drugs. ... It’s unfortunate that many companies are being forced out of that marketplace because of understandable but financial reasons.


New: Position Paper on the Importance of Infection Prevention and Antimicrobial Stewardship

DASON pharmacist and Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists (SIDP) President Elizabeth Dodds Ashley is an author on a position paper by several leading healthcare organizations. The paper supports the importance of both infection prevention and antimicrobial stewardship programs and the integral links between both.

“The issues surrounding the prevention and control of infections are intrinsically linked with the issues associated with the use of antimicrobial agents and the proliferation and spread of multidrug-resistant organisms,” says lead author Mary Lou Manning. 

Libby Dodds Ashley, PharmD Talks About Antimicrobial Stewardship

In a January 19 issue of the Mountain Xpress, an Asheville, NC newspaper, DASON's Libby Dodds Ashley speaks about antimicrobial stewardship in community hospitals.

“There will always be a need to be sure that we’re doing appropriate antibiotic therapy,” Dodds Ashley says. “Our targets might change based on resistance patterns … and what common infections we’re seeing, but antibiotic stewardship as a concept is here to stay.”

Dr. Moehring Awarded CDC Contract to Study Stewardship Metrics

Rebekah Moehring, MD, MPH has been awarded a contract with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to study ways to improve antimicrobial use metrics.

The CDC recently developed the Standardized Antimicrobial Administration Ratio (SAAR), a metric used to compare hospital’s antimicrobial use against a national standard. The metric is powered by data that hospitals submit via the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN).

Stewardship at Nash UNC Health Care

A December 16, 2017 article in the Rocky Mount Telegram highlights the partnership between DASON and Nash UNC Health Care, one of DASON's member facilities. In the article, Nash UNC Health Care pharmacist and antimicrobial stewardship co-chair Luke Heuts talks about the importance of using antibiotics appropriately and only when necessary.

“To further complicate matters, if antibiotics are used when not needed, they won’t help — and the side effects can still be harmful."

Developing Stewardship Measures

A key aspect of a strong antimicrobial stewardship program is the ability to evaluate and analyze antibiotic use and the effectiveness of stewardship interventions. Libby Dodds Ashley and Rebekah Moehring of DASON have been hard at work here at Duke and with a few of our network community hospitals to try and develop, refine, and determine the utility of various stewardship metrics. The culmination of the research, which was supported by the CDC Foundation and Merck & Co., is a thoroughly investigated Metric Guide.

Toolkits, Training and More

DASON members now have access to a new section on our website called Toolkits. These toolkits provide essential materials for starting up and implementing various antimicrobial stewardship interventions. Some of the toolkits included are:

DASON Becomes Founding Partner of New Center

DASON is proud to be one of the founding partners of the newly formed Duke Center for Antimicrobial Stewardship and Infection Prevention. The Center houses not only our consulting work, but also research, education, and Duke Hospital initiatives. To learn more about the Center, please visit its new website at

CDC reports state-by-state investments in antibiotic resistance

The CDC has released an interactive report for FY 2016 detailing their state-level investments targeting antibiotic resistance. North Carolina ranks #2 in the US, and the Tar Heel State's summary highlights major funding awarded to Duke University's DASON and DICON programs. 

DASON/DICON Fall Symposium 2016

Every fall, DASON and our partner group, DICON (Duke Infection Control Outreach Program), invite staff from our member facilities to a day-long symposium full of presentation, breakout sessions, and discussion. The event is a chance for our programs to discuss the latest information on antimicrobial stewardship and infection control, as well as hatch new initiatives in conjunction with all of the impressive local champions we work alongside.