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10 x '20: ID experts call for 10 new antibiotics by 2020
Date:11/23/2009

ident Richard Whitley, MD, FIDSA. "We offer the unique expertise of IDSA's members to assist the research and policy communities and urge the U.S. and EU to establish a specialized 'antibacterial drug pipeline work group,' which would be responsible for indentifying strategies to motivate antibiotic drug development."

Because this issue is so critically important, IDSA has also urged that the U.S. and EU activities be carried out at the highest levels of both governments, within the White Housepossibly in connection with the President's Advisory Council on Science and Technologyand the European Commission. A full description of the proposed work group and its charge can be found in IDSA's letter to President Obama and Prime Minister Reinfeldt at: http://www.idsociety.org/WorkArea/linkit.aspx?LinkIdentifier=id&ItemID=15752.

Antimicrobial resistance has been a primary concern of IDSA's for many years. In 2004, the organization released a report, "Bad Bugs, No Drugs, As Antibiotic Discovery Stagnates, A Public Health Crisis Brews" (www.idsociety.org/badbugsnodrugs.html), which described the antibiotic resistance crisis and detailed the complex mix of factors driving drug makers out of the antibiotics market. The Society also worked with Rep. Jim Matheson (R-UT) in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) to draft the Strategies to Address Antimicrobial Resistance (STAAR) Act, legislation that provides important solutions to contain the spread of antimicrobial-resistant bad bugs. More information about the STAAR Act is available at www.idsociety.org/STAARAct.htm.

"The 10 X '20 Initiative must succeed in creating a stable research infrastructure for antibiotic development, otherwise physicians
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Contact: John Heys
jheys@idsociety.org
703-299-0200
Infectious Diseases Society of America
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