I just came across some news, which scared the living daylights out of me. News that has been a reality within the medicine fraternity for decades now. Did you know that the last time any pharmaceutical company developed a new antibiotic – a new class of medically tested antibiotics was in the mid-1980s?
Yes, for over three decades there has been little if any discovery of a new group of compounds that work as antibiotics. The reason behind this lack of new discovery on the antibiotics front is the lack of commercial incentives for even the biggest pharmaceutical companies in the world.
It takes a lot of funding and time to sit in a lab somewhere, conduct your experiments and come up with a new antibiotic compound. If you happen to come up with one, that is just 5% of the work. The new antibiotic will have to undergo further tests and monitoring by other third-party medical organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and in the U.S. the Federal Drug Administration (FDA). Before being allowed for us by the public.
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