By David M. Shlaes
Antibiotics are actually miracle medicines. As a category, they're one of many basically ones that really healing disorder instead of such a lot medications that simply aid relieve indicators or regulate illness. simply because micro organism that reason severe sickness in people have gotten an increasing number of immune to the antibiotics now we have this day, and since they'll finally turn into immune to any antibiotic that we use for therapy or for the rest (like vegetation, animals, etc.), we'd like a gradual provide of latest antibiotics energetic opposed to the resistant micro organism that come up. however the antibiotics market isn't any longer beautiful for big pharmaceutical businesses, the prices of improvement are skyrocketing as a result of ever extra stringent requisites by means of the regulatory businesses and discovering new antibiotics lively opposed to resistant lines is getting more durable and more durable. those forces are all combining to disclaim us those miracle medicines after we desire them the main. I offer a few attainable paths to look after from this excellent storm.
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The major need for new antibiotics in pediatrics today might be for those children allergic to the penicillins and their relatives. Many of the pathogens that cause otitis are resistant to the other types of antibiotics approved for use in children with otitis and clinical failures do occur because of these resistant organisms. I asked a highly respected colleague working in pediatric infectious diseases how he handles this dilemma. Simple, he replied, I just use a quinolone antibiotic. He believes at least one of them is safe for use in children even though they have never been approved for treating otitis in children and other pediatricians and the FDA have expressed safety concerns about the use of quinolones in children.
The Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act of 1938 addressed these issues by requiring that drugs be approved before marketing. The agency was given powers to enforce prohibition of false claims and tolerance limits for certain noxious substances were mandated. Prescriptions were required for many drugs, including the new sulfa antibiotics. The Pencillin Amendment was passed in 1945 in response to a large number of penicillin analogues being introduced to the market. The law required testing of safety and efficacy of all penicillin analogs, and ultimately all other antibiotics.
Finally, there is bronchitis. This is a really controversial area. Patients with chronic lung disease, specifically, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD, have ongoing breathing problems and other symptoms like productive cough that get worse (exacerbations) from time to time. They are chronically colonized with bacteria in many cases. That is, even when they are not experiencing worsening symptoms, they have bacteria living in their lungs. Their exacerbations seem to be associated with the acquisition of new strains of bacteria in their lungs.
Antibiotics: The Perfect Storm by David M. Shlaes