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The new drugs available now to fight antibacterial resistance

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[ooyala code=”RmbmZ2cjo7XW6alaM04CwXrH3feijWdh” player_id=”3c1df42a0ea4920b9489cfaaf8aec88″]Since penicillin was discovered in the 1940’s, antibiotics have greatly reduced illness and death from infectious diseases. However, bacteria are becoming increasingly resistant to them and putting people at risk. According to the CDC, over 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are currently resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die as a direct result. In the face of this growing issue, the development of antibiotics hit a historic low in the 1990s and 2000’s but now seems to be easing.

This year there were 3 new antibiotics approved in the past year, two of the drugs Sivextro and Dalvance were approved for skin infections including MRSA so that is big. The final one was approved for urinary tract or gastrointestinal infections, including resistant infections to current antibiotics. Sivextro is available for oral administration while all three can be given as an injection. Two of…

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