Antibiotic resistance imposes a catastrophic threat to medicine and could mean that patients who have minor surgery could risk dying from an infection that can no longer be treated according to a top Britain official on Monday.
Sally Davies, the chief medical officer for England, stated that global action is needed to fight against antibiotic, or antimicrobial, resistance and fill a drug “discover void” by researching and promoting new medicines to treat upcoming, mutating infections.
Only a small portion of new antibiotics have been developed and brought to market in the past few decades, and it is a race against time to find more, as bacterial infections increase into “super bugs” resistant to existing drugs.
“Antimicrobial resistance poses a catastrophic threat. If we don't act now, anyone could go into the hospital in 20 years for minor surgery and expire because of an ordinary infection that couldn't be treated by antibiotics,” Davies reported to reporters as she published a report on infectious disease.