Orphan Drugs vs Orphan People

Free Market Foundation | July 14, 2014

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared, "A post-antibiotic era—in which common infections and minor injuries can kill—far from being an apocalyptic fantasy, is instead a very real possibility for the 21st century". With few signs of new drugs becoming available, the rising trend of resistance to antimicrobial pharmaceuticals is one of the most critical and worrying issues facing the global community and has the potential to relegate humanity back to an era not experienced in decades.

With repeated exposure, germs develop resistance to antimicrobials which, eventually, cease to be effective in the treatment of particular illnesses. More and more resistant organisms, which include bacteria, fungi, viruses and some parasites, are withstanding attacks by antimicrobial medicines, such as antibiotics, antifungals, antivirals, and antimalarials, so that treatments are increasingly proving ineffective, allowing infections to persist.
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