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Antibiotic research needs funding to make it more attractive and viable, says report

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h700 (Published 06 February 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h700
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1The BMJ

A global fund is needed to bolster basic and innovative research into antibiotics, to cultivate new solutions to tackle resistance, and to elevate the status of the specialty to attract new scientists, a UK report has proposed.1

Jim O’Neill, an economist who was appointed last July by the UK prime minister, David Cameron, to chair the review on antimicrobial resistance, said that such a fund would also pay for scientists to re-examine existing drugs and whether new doses or combinations could help restore their effectiveness and to improve diagnostics to ensure that the right antibiotics were used only when they were needed.

“I am calling on international funders, philanthropic or governmental, to allocate money to a fund that can support blue sky science …

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