World needs more Antibiotics says WHO

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A report issued by WHO (World Health Organization) revealed that there is a serious need of antibiotics in the pipeline to curb the increasing threat of antimicrobial resistance.

Researchers at WHO found 12 classes of priority pathogens, including pneumonia, tuberculosis and urinary tract infections that are in need of fresh treatments and are increasingly immune to existing antibiotics. The researchers identify 51 new biological and antibiotics in clinical development to treat priority antibiotic-resistant pathogens, along with Clostridium difficile and tuberculosis. However, among all the medicines, only 8 are grouped by WHO as innovative treatment that will significantly add to the present antibiotic treatment arsenal.

According to the report there are very few oral antibiotics available. Also, it says that pharmaceutical researches and companies must focus on developing new antibiotics that can combat particular type of serious infections.

To fight this threat, WHO and the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDi) together set up the Global Antibiotic Research and Development Partnership (known as GARDP). Also in September Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Germany, South Africa, UK and Switzerland and the Wellcome Trust came together and pledged more than €56 million for this work.

It has also been mentioned in the reports that new treatments alone won’t be sufficient to curb the antimicrobial threat. To promote appropriate use of current and future antibiotics is equally important.  WHO is working with various countries and partners to ameliorate prevention of infections. It’s also developing guidance for the responsible and controlled use of antibiotics in sectors like agriculture, animal and human.

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