AEI Visiting Scholar Examines Drug Resistance In India, Government’s Denial Of Problem

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Roger Bate, visiting scholar at AEI, discusses a recent Wall Street Journal article reporting on evidence that the gene NDM-1, which can render bacteria resistant to certain antibiotics and originally found in India, had spread to Norway. Bate writes, “India is increasingly becoming ground zero for drug resistance due to its appalling health infrastructure and incredibly cheap medicines … Denying any part of the problem, including massive overuse of sometimes substandard antibiotics, will only lead to more drug-resistant deaths and perhaps even untreatable diseases for all of us” (1/28).

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