Insights: Publications Legislative Update: Incentivizing Discovery and Development Investment into Novel Antimicrobial Drugs


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 2019 report Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States (CDC Report), “more than 2.8 million antibiotic-resistant infections occur in the United States each year, and at least 35,000 people die as a result.” CDC, Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States (2019). (CDC Report). Globally that number has been put at 700,000 deaths per year, and a 2019 United Nations interagency group report on antimicrobial resistance estimated that number could reach 10 million a year by 2050 based on current trends. United Nations Interagency Coordination Group on Antimicrobial Resistance, No Time to Wait: Securing the Future from Drug-Resistant Infections (2019). (UN Interagency Report). The recent pandemic has only increased concerns, including for opportunistic infections of those with compromised immunity.
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