Drug-resistant bacteria and fungi are evolving at a rapid pace. Within three decades, these “superbugs,” could kill up to 10 million people each year. Working to Fight AMR seeks to combat this public health crisis by stimulating the production of new antimicrobial medicines. Scientists have developed only one truly novel antibiotic since 1984, and just 1% of medicines in development globally address bacterial infections.
Without effective antibiotics, infections like UTIs will become very difficult to treat, and surgeries and cancer treatment will become even riskier. We have time to change this bleak future; we have time to turn American innovation into life-saving cures; you have time to send a message to Washington today.
The economics of this issue are upside down, but there are smart policies in Congress that could catalyze the creation of new antimicrobials.
We need your help.
Action in Congress could accelerate the creation of new antimicrobials. To ensure that Washington, D.C. understands the urgency of this crisis, lawmakers need to hear from you. Use this form to easily send a video or message to your elected representatives and tell them to help stop the spread of superbugs by passing impactful legislation that encourages private sector investment, starting with the DISARM Act.
Without effective antimicrobials, we will return to the medical dark ages.
Many companies have stopped investing in antibiotic research.
Diseases know no borders, and we are currently unable to stop the invasion of harmful bacteria.
The UK National Health Service is to test the world's first ‘subscription’ payment model to tempt drug makers to develop new products for resistant infections.Read More
While praising "real progress" in the fight against growing antimicrobial resistance, HHS Secretary Alex Azar challenged individuals and private and public organizations around the world to renew efforts to end the "scourge of AMR" while speaking Monday at the UN General Assembly.Read More
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday it is "concerned" about a new multidrug-resistant strain of Salmonella that killed 2 and sickened 255 people from June 2018 to March 2019. Why it matters: Experts have sounded the alarm over growing antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in the U.S. and globally.Read More
One of humanity’s biggest threats is invisible to the naked eye. Drug-resistant microbes, including many common bacteria and yeasts, kill as many as 160,000 Americans each year — quadruple the number killed in car crashes. And the death toll may soon rise exponentially because these “superbugs” are evolving faster than drug companies are developing new treatments.Read More