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Drug-Resistant Infections, Lack Of Innovative Antibiotic Development Pose ‘Global Health Emergency,’ WHO Warns

CBSMiami: WHO: Antibiotic-Resistant Infections Are A “Global Health Emergency”
“There is a serious lack of new antibiotics being developed to fight infections that are becoming resistant to treatments — something WHO says is a ‘global health emergency’…” (Maselli, 9/19).

CIDRAP News: WHO report paints dire picture of antibiotic development
“A new report [released Tuesday by] the World Health Organization (WHO) argues that the antibiotics currently in clinical development are not sufficient to counter rising antimicrobial resistance (AMR), particularly in the pathogens that present the greatest threat to human health…” (Dall, 9/19).

The Guardian: Too few antibiotics in pipeline to tackle global drug-resistance crisis, WHO warns
“…The new WHO report, showing the paucity of new antibiotics being developed, lists 12 … pathogens that are serious dangers to health because we are running out of drugs to treat the infections they cause…” (Boseley, 9/19).

Healio: WHO: ‘Serious lack’ of antibiotics in development to address resistance
“… ‘Antimicrobial resistance is a global health emergency that will seriously jeopardize progress in modern medicine,’ WHO Director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, PhD, said in a statement. ‘There is an urgent need for more investment in research and development for antibiotic-resistant infections including TB, otherwise we will be forced back to a time when people feared common infections and risked their lives from minor surgery’…” (Gallagher, 9/19).

Intellectual Property Watch: Breaking — WHO Issues Alarming Report On Coming Shortage Of Antibiotics
“…The report makes several references to patents. The study did not cover vaccines. Separately, the WHO [Tuesday] also published a report entitled, ‘Prioritization of pathogens to guide discovery, research and development of new antibiotics for drug-resistant bacterial infections, including tuberculosis’…” (9/20).

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