Pharmaceutical companies have not been developing newl antibiotics, which tend to be rather unprofitable. There are very few new drugs in development or pending approval. (iStock)
We have to tell their families that we have nothing that we can do for this person with this kind of infection.
We’re accustomed to hearing our era referred to as the Space Age, the Information Age or the Digital Age. It could just as easily be called the Antibiotic Age.
Very few advances in the 20th Century so utterly changed life — and improved quality of life — the way Sir Alexander Fleming’s discovery of penicillin did in 1928.
Antibiotics revolutionized medicine and the world. Bacterial infections, from gonorrhea to pneumonia, could be treated swiftly. An infected cut on a finger was no longer life-threatening. A host of medical treatments and surgeries became possible.