Antibiotic resistance 'a pressing issue'

25 January 2013

The rise in drug resistant diseases and infections could be one of the biggest challenges facing the human species, the chief medical for England has claimed.

Prof Dame Sally Davies has raised the issue, stating that certain bacteria are already becoming resistant to certain medication, with no antibiotic replacements able to fill their place.

Speaking to a committee of MPs, the health expert argued that this is a global problem that needs to be addressed as soon as possible.

"It is very serious, and it's very serious because we are not using our antibiotics effectively in countries," prof Davies said.

"There is a broken market model for making new antibiotics, so it's an empty pipeline, so as they become resistant, these bugs, which they would naturally but we're breeding them in because of the way antibiotics are used, there will not be new antibiotics to come."

Last year, the World Health Organization reported how the world was on the brink of "losing these medical cures", explaining that the emergence and spread of drug-resistant pathogens has increased.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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