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 antibiotics in advanced-stage development are just modifications of existing molecules and are temporary solutions to the growing spread of bacteria with super-resistance to existing antibiotics. Only 8 of these 51 molecules are innovative solutions. The report also mentions tuberculosis, which still kills over 250,000 people per year, due to the lack of an adequate antibiotic therapy. Moreover, the WHO lists 12 other pathogens for which new antibiotics are urgently needed. (Source: The Guardian)