Antibiotic Resistance

Two clear and stark warnings have been delivered concerning the threat of antibiotic resistance on our societies.

The issue was discussed at the recent World Economic Forum at Davos, where antibiotic resistance was recognised as a Global Risk - read more.

Dr. Margaret Chan the Director General of WHO underlined the frailty of modern medicine when she commented that, "Things as common as strep throat or a child's scratched knee could once kill again."

Echoing the same message and appearing before a committee of MPs at Westminster who were considering how the UK government can stimulate development of novel antibacterials the Chief Medical Officer, Prof Dame Sally Davies said "It is clear that we might not ever see global warming, the apocalyptic scenario is that when I need a new hip in 20 years I'll die from a routine infection because we've run out of antibiotics."

In a report of the session - click here to read - it was clear the consensus that thetraditional antibiotic 'market is broken'. One solution would be a movement towards innovative therapeutics designed to tackle resistant strains and suppress the future rise of resistance.

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