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Antibiotics

New antibiotic therapies: what future?

The state of the art of new substances against bacterial infections has been checked at the IDWeek 2017, organized by the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA). One of the drugs recently approved by the FDA is the fixed-dose combination…

WHO raises alarm on lack of new antibiotics

WHO – the World Health Organization – yesterday issued a press release voicing concern for the few antibiotic products currently undergoing clinical trials and for the underdeveloped pipelines in the antibiotic industry. According to the Organization, most of the 51…

The social and economic cost of superinfections

According to the most recent estimates, approximately 1,900 people die every day – that is 700,000 every year – because of superinfections, that is infections due to bacteria which developed extraordinary resistance to antibiotics, to the extent that there are…

New antibiotic substance discovered

A team of scientists led by Richard Ebright, from Waksman Institute of Microbiology, Rutgers University, announced they discovered a novel substance with antibiotic properties. The team examined bacterial cultures obtained from samples of soil – soil, indeed, is rich in…

Investors call for stop to use of antibiotics in food industry

A group of 71 investors, which collectively account for more than $2,000bn in assets, are urging the food industry to end or reduce the use of antibiotics when these are not strictly necessary. Investors are afraid that antibiotic-resistant bacterial strains…

European report: use of veterinary antibiotics decreases

The European Medicines Agency has published the sixth report on the sales of veterinary antibiotics in the European area. What strongly emerges is a downward trend between 2011 and 2014. Indeed, data from 28 countries from the EU and the…