People throughout the world need access to lifesaving drugs, vaccine, and medical devices whether for chronic illnesses, or to respond to the latest public health threat, such as the Ebola epidemic, a future influenza pandemic, or the increasing problem of drug resistant infections. Not only is access to needed products critical, but people everywhere expect high standards of safety and effectiveness. Yet as both manufacturing and markets become increasingly global, we face new and complex challenges, such as: ensuring a safe, secure, and reliable drug supply chain; combating drug resistant organisms, which know no borders; and addressing emerging threats and unmet needs in public health. Solutions to these challenges cannot come from one group alone, but require creative collaboration across disciplines--from the medical, behavioral, and social sciences to law and foreign relations, and working across sectors from academia to government, to manufacturers and health systems.
The Center on Medical Product Access, Safety and Stewardship (COMPASS) is uniquely situated to bring experts and decision makers together to find solutions. COMPASS marshals the resources of a renowned university and its health system to convene partners in the heart of the nation's capital to address pressing challenges in novel ways. For example, we are leading a projects that fills crucial data gaps to construct a living, global map of the most serious drug resistant bacteria. We collaborate with international partners like the World Health Organization to improve global preparedness for infectious disease outbreaks. And we are working together with multiple local health care and public health partners across the major National Capital Region health providers and systems to host and support a real practice community that tracks drug resistance, shares best practices, and aims to develop and test approaches for combating antibiotic resistance at a large scale regional level. At COMPASS we are committed to partnership and to agile, multidisciplinary solutions that have real world impact. Browse our website or contact us to learn more.