Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) presents a global health crisis, as every day we encounter more infections that cannot be cured with existing antimicrobials. At the same time, the majority of major drug companies have been scaling back or cutting antibiotic research due to development challenges
About 80 percent of all antibiotics used in the U.S. are used in the animal health and agriculture sectors. This portion contributes significantly to antimicrobial resistance (AMR), as antibiotic dosing regimens tend to be less controlled in agriculture compared to human medicine. AMR is one of our world’s most pressing healthcare challenges and the misuse of antibiotics causes AMR to occur more rapidly.
Candid auris infections took the public by surprise, the CDC added two new microbes to its list of Urgent Threats, and a KFF poll suggested that awareness of antimicrobial resistance is on the rise.