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IBT Examines Strategies Aimed At Promoting Antibiotic Drug Development

International Business Times: Antibiotic Resistance: Why Aren’t Drug Companies Developing New Medicines To Stop Superbugs? “…[A]s many as 10 million people a year could die from antibiotic-resistant bacteria worldwide by 2050 if new treatments are not discovered, according to a recent report from the Review on Antimicrobial Resistance. … Despite…

First Blog Post In Series Examines History Of Artemisinin Development

Council on Foreign Relations’ “Asia Unbound”: Artemisinin’s Rocky Road to Globalization: Part I Yanzhong Huang, CFR senior fellow for global health, examines the history of artemisinin drug development in China during the Cold War era. “…It would take another two decades before [artemisinin-combination therapies (ACTs)] were officially adopted by the…

Artemisinin-Resistant Malaria More Widespread In Asia Than Previously Thought, Research Shows

News outlets discuss a study and commentary regarding the spread of drug-resistant malaria in Asia published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. Agence France-Presse: Drug-resistant malaria parasite spreading “Parasites resistant to the frontline malaria drug have spread westward from southeast Asia to just short of the Indian border — a gateway…

More Focused Approach Needed To Eliminate Malaria, Avoid Drug Resistance, Researchers Say

Wall Street Journal: A Warning From the Heart of Malaria Research “…[Dr. Nick White, chair of the Wellcome Trust Southeast Asian tropical medicine research units,] and others again are gravely concerned that without a push for eradication soon, enough malarial parasites will become resistant to artemisinin that elimination of the…

Increased Private, Government Investment Needed To Address Antimicrobial Resistance

Project Syndicate: A Call to Antimicrobial Arms Jim O’Neill, honorary professor of economics at Manchester University, visiting research fellow at Bruegel, and fellow of the University of Cambridge’s Center for Rising Powers “…[W]e do not invest enough in research and development. … That is why I am calling on international…

Blog Post Examines U.K. Government Reports On Antibiotic Resistance

WIRED’s “SUPERBUG”: How To Fight Superbugs: Start Spending Money In her blog, journalist Maryn McKenna discusses two recently released reports from the U.K. government on efforts to fight antibiotic resistance. “The government-chartered British project examining antibiotic resistance — which made such a splash in December with its prediction that untreatable…

U.K.-Led Report Calls For Development Of Innovation Fund To Address Antibiotic Resistance

BBC News: Call to boost antibiotics funding to tackle ‘looming crisis’ “Far more money needs to be pumped into global drug research to tackle the looming crisis of antimicrobial resistance, a report says…” (Gallagher, 2/4). Financial Times: Call for superfund to fight superbugs “…The review, set up by David Cameron…

‘Science Speaks’ Discusses Global Health Elements Of White House FY16 Budget Request

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: The President’s budget broken down, a human rights bill reintroduced, when science is a hard sell Antigone Barton, writer and editor of “Science Speaks” and senior communications officer at the Center for Global Health Policy, reviews several recent publications regarding U.S. global health…

February 2015 Issue Of WHO Bulletin Available Online

WHO: Bulletin of the World Health Organization The February 2015 WHO Bulletin includes news and research articles on various topics, as well as an editorial on establishing an international legal framework to address antibiotic drug resistance (February 2015).