AMR in the USA: Maryland to Ban Routine Antibiotic Use in Animals

Following in the footsteps of California, Maryland has proposed, and passed, the "Keep Antibiotics Effective Act of 2017", which bans routine antibiotic use in animals. This is a vital legislative measure to ameliorate the shocking statistics on antibiotic use which was first brought to the limelight by a 2011 report from the FDA, which stated … Continue reading AMR in the USA: Maryland to Ban Routine Antibiotic Use in Animals

The Dirty Dozen: The WHO’s list of priority bacteria for which we need new antibiotics

The WHO has published a list of 12 bacteria for which we need to urgently develop antibiotics as these drug resistant bacteria represent a major threat against human health. This priority list is expected to guide funding agencies incentivize priority research on developing strategies to combat these agents.

If Carbapenems Go, Can Colistin be Far Behind?

I wrote about the disaster-in-the-making discovery of transmissible resistance to colistin, a last resort antibiotic, when the Lancet Infectious Diseases published a paper based on data coming out from surveillance in China. At that point of time, the isolation of the transmissible gene providing resistance (mcr1 gene) gained a lot of attention. Maryn McKenna's blog post went … Continue reading If Carbapenems Go, Can Colistin be Far Behind?