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White House Panel Expected To Report Link Between Farm Antibiotics, Human Resistance

Reuters: Panel’s report likely to tie farm antibiotics to human resistance “A White House advisory committee is expected to acknowledge the link between antimicrobial resistance in humans and livestock being fed antibiotics when it issues its report in the next few weeks, according to the transcript of a committee meeting…

Solutions Needed To Create More Pharmaceutical Innovation Leading To Accessible Drugs

New York Times: A Dearth in Innovation for Key Drugs Eduardo Porter, New York Times columnist “…Antibiotics face a daunting proposition. They are not only becoming more difficult to develop, but they are also not obviously profitable. … Research on new antibiotics could be encouraged by allowing shorter clinical trials…

Antibiotic Use Rises Worldwide, Study Shows

NPR: Last-Resort Antibiotics In Jeopardy As Use Rises Globally “The total doses of antibiotics sold in clinics and pharmacies around the world rose 36 percent from 2000 to 2010, scientists reported Wednesday. The finding, published in The Lancet Infectious Disease, comes from the first study to look at global antibiotic…

‘DR-TB Manifesto’ Demands More Action Against Drug-Resistant TB

The Guardian: Meet the 23-year-old TB survivor taking on South Africa’s patent laws Phumeza Tisile, co-author of the DR-TB Manifesto and XDR-TB survivor “…The DR-TB Manifesto makes three demands: first, everyone should have access to testing and treatment for drug-resistant TB. Even though new rapid diagnostics are becoming more available,…

Drug Resistance Is Economic, National Security Issue, Reuters Reports

Reuters: How to fix a broken market in antibiotics “…Waking up to the threat [of antibiotic drug resistance], governments and health officials are getting serious about trying to neutralize it. It may seem like a question of science, microbes, and drugs — but in truth it is a global issue…

Gates Foundation Sets Sights On Stopping Spread Of Drug-Resistant Malaria

Seattle Times: Gates Foundation battling big new threat in malaria fight “…With more than $2 billion committed, the [Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation] is the leading private supporter of research into new treatments, vaccines, diagnostic tools, disease mapping, and other weapons to fight malaria. This research should help the foundation…

‘Urgent’ Global Action Needed To Tackle Antibiotic Resistance

Financial Times: Keep medicine out of the dark ages “David Cameron has added his voice to increasingly urgent warnings by the world’s public health leaders about the growth of antibiotic resistance. Besides talking about a return to ‘the dark ages of medicine’ if we lose our power to kill microbes,…

U.K. PM Cameron Launches Initiative To Develop New Antibiotics

News outlets discuss the launch of a new initiative by British Prime Minister David Cameron to develop a new generation of antibiotics. Agence France-Presse: Britain launching global superbug fight “Britain is to lead a global effort to combat antibiotic-resistant superbugs that threaten to knock medicine ‘back into the dark ages,’…

Reports Highlight Threat Of Foodborne Illnesses

News outlets highlight two new reports, one from the CDC and another from the U.N., that discuss the threats from foodborne illnesses, including those resistant to antibiotics. HealthDay News: Antibiotic Resistance Among Foodborne-Illness Germs a Mixed Bag: CDC “There’s good news and bad news about antibiotic resistance among the germs…

Malaria Chemoprevention, Though Effective, Presents Risk Of Antibiotic Resistance

New York Times: Malaria Prevention, With Both Reward and Risk Amy Maxmen, science journalist “…With a limited lifetime, chemoprevention is not an ideal solution for malaria. But the situation is desperate. Malaria remains the No. 1 killer in several countries, and a vaccine that reliably and permanently prevents the disease…