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NDM-1 Article Sparks a Discussion on the Lack of Effective Antibiotics

August 13th, 2010 by Cliffprf Mintz

Despite the brouhaha surrounding the publication of an article about new South Asian strains of antibiotic resistant bacteria that carry the NDM-1 gene, some good may actually come from it. The Pharmalot Blog reported today that an article entitled “Are You Ready for a World without Antibiotics” appeared in the UK’s Guardian newspaper just two days after the first report about NDM-1.

While the Guardian piece is a little heavy handed in parts, it does a good job accurately portraying the growing lack of antibiotics left in the armamentarium to treat infections caused by many drug resistant Gram positive and Gram negative bacterial pathogens. As I have noted numerous times before, large pharma, for the most part, quietly exited antibiotic drug discovery and development in the late 1990s. 

Only a handful of biotechnology companies are developing new drugs to combat infections caused by antibiotic resistant bacteria. Unfortunately, many of these companies have hit regulatory snags for these drugs and the likelihood of approval is questionable. And if something isn’t done soon e.g. government funded initiatives, people may begin to succumb to bacterial infections at rates that haven’t been seen since the pre-antibiotic era which ended in the 1940s.

Until next time...

Good Luck and Good Job Hunting!!!!!


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