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Public, Private Sectors Should Address Antibiotic Resistance After Latest CDC Warning

Noting CDC Director Tom Frieden on Monday released a report showing “two million people in the United States are sickened every year with antibiotic-resistant infections, with at least 23,000 dying as a result,” a Washington Post editorial states, “The global toll is certainly much higher.” The editorial asks, “What is being done about that?” and continues, “Similar warnings have been issued for at least three decades, yet the public has largely shrugged.” In addition, “Big Pharma turned away from antibiotic development in recent years because of economic factors; put simply, drugs for chronic diseases offered higher returns,” the Washington Post writes. “There is a crying public need for more drug development in antibiotics. If the pharmaceutical industry can’t do it, more government involvement may be required,” the editorial states, outlining some steps already undertaken by government agencies. “Let’s hope we won’t look back on the latest CDC report as just another warning that was forgotten,” the editorial concludes (9/19).

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