The #Economic #Conundrum for #Antibacterial #Drugs (Antimicrob Agents Chemother., abstract)

[Source: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, full page: (LINK). Abstract, edited.]

The Economic Conundrum for Antibacterial Drugs

David M. Shlaes

DOI: 10.1128/AAC.02057-19



While resistance to antibacterial drugs is increasing globally, it is unevenly distributed. The number of cases that are truly difficult to treat remain below the number required to drive an adequate market for needed new therapies. Without a sufficient market, companies pursuing these drugs risk financial failure. Here, I explore, at least briefly, the current situation and the financial risks to companies. I provide potential solutions to the failed market.

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Keywords: Antibiotics; Drugs Resistance; Economics.


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