Antimicrobial resistance is on the rise and without new antibiotics, infections will continue to be prevalent, according to researchers presenting at the Infectious Diseases Society of America annual meeting.
Drug-resistant bacteria increasing, researchers say
Studies are showing that infections caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Clostridium difficile are increasing in hospitals and communities, and that those bacteria are becoming more resistant to various classes of drugs used to treat them, said Neil Fishman, a physician who is chair of the IDSA's antimicrobial resistance work group. Researchers presented results of their studies during a news conference at the IDSA's 47th annual meeting held in Pennsylvania.
As bacteria become more resistant to more medications, drug developers and federal regulators need to focus on new drugs, said Brad Spellberg, a physician who is on the IDSA's antimicrobial availability task force and. “Antibiotic development is dying, and we are running out of drugs.”
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