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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Rise of the deadly superbugs that can't be beaten (and there are no new drugs on the way) - 18th Nov 2011

A deadly wave of superbugs resistant to even the most powerful antibiotics is set to threaten patients – with no new drugs on the horizon, warns a leading UK authority.

Over-use of existing medicines has been fuelled by complacency among governments and the public who fail to recognise the looming crisis, according to the British Society for Antimicrobial Therapy.

It says the ‘demise’ of antibacterial drug discovery by large pharmaceutical companies – deterred by poor profits and red tape – has largely gone unnoticed but will lead to untreatable infections.

Professor Laura Piddock, of the School of Immunity and Infection at Birmingham University and president of the British Society for Antimicrobial Therapy, said there is no sense of urgency about the situation because we have become so accustomed to getting antibiotics when we need them. Read More