AMR Action Fund – The AMR Action Fund, launched in July 2020 by biopharmaceutical companies, is aiming to invest $1B to bring 2-4 new antibiotics to patients by 2030. The new Fund will work with partners and organizations like CARB-X already concerned about the rise of drug-resistant bacteria to create market conditions that enable sustainable investment in the antibiotic pipeline.
PEW TRUSTS – 5 Facts about Antibiotic Resistance in the US: Antibiotic resistance is one of the most urgent threats to public health. There are not enough antibiotics in development to treat increasingly resistant bacteria. Without effective antibiotics, most of modern medicine is impossible. Watch this video from PEW Trusts. 38 seconds
PBS NewsHour – Part 2 of 2 – How a crumbling antibiotics infrastructure could yield ‘catastrophe’: The antibiotics industry has suffered an alarming collapse that has become even more troubling as secondary bacterial infections threaten patients with COVID-19. Why has production of these vital medicines stagnated, and what can be done to address the problem? PBS NewsHour Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports on why lifesaving drugs don’t necessarily translate to lucrative businesses. 7:58 minutes.
PBS NewsHour – Part 1 of 2 – As a virus ravages the world, antibiotic makers are in disarray: COVID-19 can be accompanied by secondary bacterial infections with deadly consequences. But the antibiotics R&D industry has been upended — and the pandemic is only making things worse. Paul Solman reports. 7:15 minutes.
THE FORUM Video recording of panel discussion at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston. Kevin Outterson, Helen Boucher, Lauri Hicks and Marc Lipsitch discuss what it will take to win the race against superbugs. Better prescribing practices and patient information, better stewardship, and better financial incentives and rewards for new diagnostics, vaccines, new classes of antibiotics and other therapeutics are all urgently needed to address the rise of drug resistance around the world. Panel moderated by NBC’s David Freeman.
$155 million for drug development to fight deadly superbugs: Wellcome Trust is partnering with CARB-X to address the rise of drug-resistant superbugs. Tim Jinks explains the challenges we face from superbugs and what Wellcome and CARB-X are doing to support the development of new antibiotics, rapid diagnostics, vaccines and other life-saving products to prevent and treat drug-resistant bacterial infections.
Are We Headed Toward A Post-Antibiotic World? In this video, NPR explains how antibiotic resistance happens — and what we can do to avoid living in a post-antibiotic world.
Promoting Pioneers – Colombia: Scientists are working with farmers to create a surveillance network tracking the spread of antimicrobial resistance in poultry farms and figure out how that might be affecting human health.
Has bacteria won the war? Check out the new film produced by the Longitude Prize. They traveled to Chennai, Pune and Delhi to capture the perspective from patients, doctors and researchers on drug resistance in India.