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Novartis in July became the latest pharmaceutical company to shut down its antibiotics research projects.
The move comes as FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb has expressed concern over the growing epidemic around antimicrobial resistance, which is when bacteria grow resistant to available medications.
New options to combat the resistant bacteria include antibiotic-combination therapy and bacteriophage therapy.
Just two years after Novartis announced it would embrace the challenge of searching for cures for life-threatening infections known as superbugs, the drugmaker said last week it would exit antibacterial and antiviral research.
Novartis’ retreat follows a growing trend of big pharmaceutical companies — including AstraZeneca, Sanofi, and Allergan — that are exiting from this type of research because of a lack of profit.See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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