Navigation Links
ID physicians call for 10 new antibiotics by 2020
Date:3/16/2010

Arlington, Va. As the deaths and suffering caused by antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections continue to rise around the world, the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) is urging a global commitment to develop 10 new antibiotics by 2020, known as the 10 x '20 initiative, to address this public health crisis and safeguard patients' health.

The plea for U.S. and global action comes in a statementpublished in the April 15 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases and available online this weekthat outlines the dangers and recommends how to address what the World Health Organization (WHO) has identified as one of the three greatest threats to human health. The IDSA statement is available at www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/full/10.1086/652237. Recent studies have shown there are few antibiotics in the development pipeline that would offer benefits over existing drugs. The existing drugs we do have available are in danger of becoming ineffective as bacteria increasingly develop resistance.

"Prior generations gave us the gift of antibiotics," said David Gilbert, MD, FIDSA, chair of IDSA's Antimicrobial Availability Task Force, which authored the IDSA statement. "Today, we have a moral obligation to ensure this global treasure is available for our children and future generations."

Solving the antibiotic pipeline problem will require the engagement of global political, scientific, medical, industry and policy leaders to determine the right combination of incentives necessary to drive innovation in this diminishing segment of the pharmaceutical market. The ultimate goal must be the creation of a sustainable research and development enterprise that can deliver new antibiotics on an on-going basis. Resistant organisms will continue to develop in perpetuity, so we must have a plan in place to replenish our arsenal of drugs into the foreseeable future.

"The lack of new antibiotics in the pipeline threatens to leave physicians around the world without the tools they need to effectively treat patients, which could change the practice of medicine as we know it," said IDSA President Richard Whitley, MD, FIDSA. "Advances that we now take for granted, such as surgery, cancer treatment, transplants, and the care of premature babies, could become impossible as our antibiotic options dwindle. If we can initiate a global commitment to achieve this 10 x '20 goal, we will take a giant step toward protecting and ensuring the health of patients worldwide."

Sadly, this commitment will come too late for many patients and families who have already suffered the effects of antibiotic-resistant infections, underscoring the need for quick action to prevent even more suffering. These patients include:

Tom Dukes, 52, an active single dad whose life was torn apart by a painful and antibiotic-resistant Escherichia coli infection three months ago. After emergency surgery and intensive treatment, today Tom is finally on the mend.

Simon Sparrow, a 15-month old baby who died in 2004 after a terrifying battle with a methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection. Simon's mother, Everly Macario, has since devoted her career in public health to raising awareness of and preventing MRSA.

Bryce Smith, who at 14-months-old contracted MRSA pneumonia in 2005 and nearly died. Bryce spent many harrowing weeks in an intensive care unit as doctors struggled to save his life and his parents, Katie and Scott, waited in agony for their son to recover.


'/>"/>

Contact: John Heys
jheys@idsociety.org
703-299-0412
Infectious Diseases Society of America
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Physicians click their way to better prescriptions
2. Renowned Dermatologist, Dr. Usha Sood Graces the Pages of The Leading Physicians of the World
3. New Lucian Leape Institute Report Finds That U.S. Medical Schools Are Falling Short in Teaching Physicians How to Provide Safe Patient Care
4. MedInformatix EPM and EMR Standardizes Care, Raises Efficiency for Affiliates of Non-Profit Physicians Network
5. Study suggests need for broader use of individualized learning plans for physicians
6. Computer reminders for physicians less effective than expected
7. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Physicians Health Plan of Mid-Michigan Abandon Merger Plans
8. Physicians come together on National Colorectal Cancer Awareness and Screening Day
9. SDI Reports: Nearly a Third Of Physicians Use Handheld and Smartphone Devices to Access Medical Information - Physicians Most Likely to be Using Apple iPhone
10. Why do physicians order costly CTs? Ultrasound yields better diagnosis, safer, less costly
11. AMA: Physicians Outraged at Todays Steep Medicare Cut
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... February 12, 2016 , ... Itopia, a ... the integration of Clarity Intelligence Platform (CIP) into Cielo®, a discovery, migration and ... intelligence (BI) to their small and medium business (SMB) clients. , ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... 12, 2016 , ... Vail knee specialist Robert LaPrade, MD, PhD ... . The list consists of physicians establishing, leading and partnering with ambulatory surgery centers ... An Ambulatory Surgery Center, also known as an ASC, is a modern health care ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... , ... February 12, 2016 , ... For Coast Dental ... Suzan Sweeney, RDH, and dental assistant Terrell Moore shortly before 7 a.m. to volunteer ... of dental professionals, donating their time and skills to help hundreds of uninsured and ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... Malvern, Pa. (PRWEB) , ... February 12, 2016 ... ... help sort through a world of exterior design possibilities. CertainTeed, North America’s leading ... visualization tools by expanding the product offerings showcased in the mobile version of ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... February 12, 2016 , ... ... creating explosive growth in the field of long term care. With that, says ... for well-trained healthcare professionals in administrative roles in long term care environments. His ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/12/2016)... --> ... Global Clinical Trials Review, H2, 2015 provides an ... trials landscape along with top level data related ... & E7), Trial Status, Trial Phase, Sponsor Type ... involved and enlists all trials (Trial title, Phase, ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... 11, 2016 Stem cells are primitive cells ... self-renewal and the capacity to differentiate into mature cell ... as the first mouse embryonic stem cells were derived ... 1995 that the first culturing of embryonic stem cells ... not produced until 2006 As a result of these ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... -- Kindred Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: KIN ), a biopharmaceutical ... pets, today announced the submission to FDA of the ... (NADA) for Zimeta™ (dipyrone injection, KIND-012).  Positive topline results ... the control of pyrexia (fever) in horses were recently ... --> The Chemistry, Manufacturing, and Controls technical ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: