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Congressman Gene Green

Representing the 29th District of Texas


The Antibiotic Development to Advance Patient Treatment (ADAPT) Act

For several years now, health care professionals, hospitals, academics, and public health experts have raised alarm about the increase of antibiotic-resistant infections. “Superbugs,” as they are commonly known, are a growing public health threat, particularly to vulnerable patients such as seniors, soldiers on the battlefield, and the chronically ill.

In response to this urgent unmet medical need,  Reps. Gene Green (D-TX), Phil Gingrey, M.D., (R-GA), G.K. Butterfield, (D-NC), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Diana DeGette (D-CO), Morgan Griffith (R-VA), Eliot Engel (D-NY), Anna Eshoo (D-CA), John Shimkus (R-IL), and Ed Whitfield (R-KY) introduced The Antibiotic Development to Advance Patient Treatment (ADAPT) Act of 2013. The ADAPT Act builds on the success of  the Generating Antibiotic Incentives Now (GAIN) Act, which was signed into law last year and has already helped to streamline 19 new antibacterial treatments through the FDA.

The ADAPT Act is the necessary next step in fighting the looming threat of untreatable infections. It would accelerate the development of new treatments by creating a new pathway for antibiotics and antifungals aimed at treating serious and life-threatening infections in a limited population of patients who lack effective therapeutic options.

The bill would also streamline the process by which the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) updates breakpoints information, which is used to inform doctors of the appropriate use and dosage of drugs. Doctors must have the best and most up-to-date information on which to base their decisions. This important improvement ensures health care professionals and medical researchers can access current and cutting edge data in a timely fashion.

Finally, the ADAPT Act would expand and strengthen CDC monitoring of bacterial resistance and the use of antibiotics to treat serious and life threatening infections and make this information publically available for providers, hospitals, and academics.

This legislation has received support in the House of Representatives and among the medical community. Click the links to see a full list of cosponsors and letters of support.

ADAPT Act Cosponsors

Alliance for Aging Research

Ambulatory Surgery Center Association

American Academy of Pediatrics

American Gastroenterolical Association

American Medial Association 

American College of Preventative Medicine

Association of the United States Navy 


Antimicrobial Innovation Alliance 

American Thoracic Society 


Federation of American Hospitals

Infectious Disease Society of America 

National Defense Committee, Inc.

National Military and Veterans Alliance

PEW Charitable Trusts 

Public Health 

Society for Vascular Surgery

More on ADAPT Act

January 28, 2016 Event

In conjunction with Freeway Manor Civic Club

January 21, 2016 Event
January 19, 2016 Event

In conjunction with Belmar/Northline Civic Club

January 14, 2016 Event

In conjunction with Meadow Creek Civic Club 

January 13, 2016 Event

In conjunction with High Meadows North Civic Club 

September 2, 2015 Event
September 1, 2015 Event

Join Congressman Green for Town Hall meeting to discuss policies and issues important to the District.

August 25, 2015 Event

Join Congressman Green for Town Hall meeting to discuss policies and issues important to the District.