Health & Fitness

Pioneering drugs to beat two ‘superbugs' rolled out on NHS

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Posted: 16/06/22 - 13:13
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The overuse of antimicrobial drugs, a category which includes antibiotics, has led to strains of bacteria, such as MRSA, which evolve to evade their effects. NHS chiefs said the new treatments will "strike a blow in the global battle against antimicrobial resistance".

Around 65,000 people a year are affected by superbugs, and antibiotic-resistant infections claim an estimated 12,000 lives annually in the UK. Some 1,700 patients are expected to benefit from the new drugs - cefiderocol and ceftazidime-avibactam - each year.

The drugs were discovered through a world-first scheme which sees pharmaceutical firms paid a fixed yearly fee for drug development.

I Call True: Following up on Milka's article from a couple of months ago https://bit.ly/3tDskNg these have rolled out already so our true call was right

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12 days
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Fantastic news lets hope that they keep on inventing more of these
15 days
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Anything that helps save lives gets the thumbs up from me.
16 days
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If 12000 people are doing of these conditions annually, how comes only 1700 are going to be saved by these treatments?
16 days
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That was quick and a real 'jam today' result