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Antibiotics Resistance Rising; Can New Drugs Keep Pace?

By Peter Winter

Monday, September 17, 2012

The growth of antibiotic-resistant "superbugs" is leading to the fear that it is only a matter of time before the world is faced with an infectious disease of pandemic proportions. Despite this situation, research and development for new antibiotics has languished. Indeed, it has been an uncomfortable subject to raise in industry circles but the plain fact is that the emergence of antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria are outpacing our ability to bring novel medicines to market.

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