A letter of strong support for the Bill from The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and signed by 41 organizations, was submitted along with H.R. 1840. 

“Antibiotic development has been largely abandoned by pharmaceutical companies,” the letter states, and economic incentives are needed to encourage the development of newer antibiotic therapies that reduce antibiotic resistance


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“Most pharmaceutical companies have retreated from antibiotic research and development because antibiotics are difficult and costly to develop and fail to provide a profit. They are typically inexpensive and taken for a short duration, unlike many drugs for chronic diseases,” an IDSA press release quoted Henry “Chip” Chambers, IDSA board member and chief of the division of infectious diseases at San Francisco General Hospital.

“Antibiotic resistance is threatening our ability to provide many types of medical care — including solid organ and bone marrow transplants, joint replacements, cancer chemotherapy, care of preterm infants, and care of deep combat wounds and burns in our military service men and women,” past president IDSA Johan Bakken, MD, said in the same press release, “all of which rely on the availability of safe and effective antibiotics.”

The Emory Antibiotic Resistance Center at Emory University was among the signers.  “It is encouraging to see the bipartisan support for this important legislation, which is urgently needed,” Dr. Hughes said in response, adding that, “Antibiotic resistance is an urgent, complex, multifaceted problem with implications for human, animal, and environmental health. 

The READI bill provides for an important incentive for industry to invest in the development of new antibiotics and rapid point-of-care diagnostic tests, two important components of the comprehensive strategy for addressing this challenge and avoiding a return to the pre-antibiotic era.”

References

  1. Antibiotic resistance threats in the US. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website. www.cdc.gov/features/antibioticresistancethreats/index.html.  Updated September 16, 2013. Accessed April 7, 2017
  2. H.R.1840 – Reinvigorating Antibiotic and Diagnostic Innovation Act of 2017. 115th Congress. www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/1840?r=8. Accessed April 7, 2017.

This article originally appeared on Infectious Disease Advisor