IDSA calls on Congress to intensify fight against antimicrobial resistance | Infectious Disease

The Infectious Diseases Society of America is urging Congress to do more to address the public health crisis of antimicrobial resistance by facilitating research and development of new antibiotics and diagnostics.

On Friday, IDSA President 
Barbara Murray, MD, testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee. She said antibiotics are generally accepted as the greatest medical development of the 20th century, responsible for a 26-year increase in average longevity.

“Unfortunately, this tremendous progress is seriously threatened by the rapid rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria coupled with a persistent market failure to develop new antibiotics. … We are on the very real, very frightening precipice of a post-antibiotic era with mortality rates for infections increasing,” Murray said.

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