10 Mar '12, 4pm

Could Treating Superbugs Like Rare Diseases Save Us From Crisis?

Could Treating Superbugs Like Rare Diseases Save Us From Crisis?

The Infectious Diseases Society of America has presented the FDA with a new idea for bringing superbugs, fueled by the misuse and overuse of antibiotics in factory farming and healthcare, back under control. Finding new antibiotics isn’t profitable especially when compared to the latest trendy pharmaceutical drug, so very few pharmaceutical companies are doing any research into developing new antibiotics. These drugs are needed to treat the superbugs that are becoming more and more of a problem, according to News Daily . The Orphan Drug Act Strains of MRSA and salmonella have wreaked havoc on our nation’s hospital and food system. MRSA kills 19,000 people per year. Congress passed the Orphan Drug Act in 1983 to motivate pharmaceutical companies to produce less profitable drugs for rare diseases. The bill provided tax incentives, marketing rights, and other perks to compani...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/health/could-treating-superbugs...

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