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British PM Cameron Urges G7 Leaders To Take Action On Drug Resistance, Establish R&D Reward Fund

Financial Times: Cameron pushes for action on ‘superbugs’
“David Cameron will on Friday urge world leaders to set up a global fund worth $1.6bn a year to reward pharmaceutical companies that develop drugs to fight ‘superbugs.’ The prime minister will present to the Group of Seven summit a report on antimicrobial resistance by Lord Jim O’Neill, the former Goldman Sachs chief economist, who has proposed a global drug development fund worth $16bn over 10 years…” (Parker/Ward, 5/27).

Reuters: G7 told to act on antibiotics as dreaded superbug hits U.S.
“Britain told the G7 industrial powers on Friday to do more to fight killer superbugs as the United States reported the first case in the country of a patient with bacteria resistant to a last-resort antibiotic. … In Japan, British Prime Minister David Cameron said leading countries needed to tackle resistance by reducing the use of antibiotics and rewarding drug companies for developing new medicines…” (MacClellan/Hirschler, 5/27).

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