Reinvigorating the pipeline of antibiotics in development is more critical today than ever, as increasingly hard-to-treat bacteria continue to emerge. As part of ongoing work to spur the creation of urgently needed new antibiotics, The Pew Charitable Trusts’ antibiotic resistance project and the World Health Organization (WHO) have both released new analyses of the pipeline of products in clinical development with the potential to treat or prevent serious drug-resistant bacterial infections. And the findings are grim.
As news headlines repeatedly remind us, humanity is falling behind in its long battle with bacterial diseases. The more we use antibiotics, the less effective they become, and we are quickly running out of drugs that can treat increasingly resistant infections. Sooner or later, bacteria will evolve to resist every antibiotic we have.
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