Summaries

Categories of resistance: MDR, XDR, PDR, UDR, and (new!) DTR

Note: See also these related newsletters: 20 Feb 2020 (link) on DTR as part of the language of resistance and 7 June 2020 (link) on using DTR to estimate antibiotic value. There is also a 5-minute DTR explainer on YouTube that you might find useful. Dear All: When thinking about studies of resistant pathogens, issues

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Antibiotic supply chains: Challenges & Opportunities

Dear All, In a report entitled Understanding the Antibiotic Manufacturing Ecosystem: A view of global supply chains, pressure points, and implications for antimicrobial resistance response, the Boston Consulting Group and Wellcome Trust have examined at length the questions of (i) how the #FireExtinguishersOfMedicine are made and (ii) how they can be made with the least impact

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WAAW! Must-Read Article, A Quiz, A Video, A Call to Action

Notes: Newsflash … BARDA have opened their long-running BAA-18-100-SOL-00003 to include support for antifungal agents. Search for “antifungal” in the posted .pdf to find the text. The first deadline for proposals is 15 Dec 2022 and further deadlines will doubtless follow: as shown on page 9, this BAA has offered 4 deadlines/year since 2018!  Dear All, In

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Vaccines to turn back the tide of antimicrobial resistance

Dear All, See also this related newsletter: 14 Jul 2022, entitled “WHO Vaccine Pipeline Review; CDC On Impact Of COVID On AMR.” As part of their Immunization Agenda 2030: A Global Strategy to Leave No One Behind, WHO have now published an AMR-focused action framework that summarizes ways we should seek to use vaccines both

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Looking forward: The global pre-clinical antibacterial pipeline / How will we care for these precious jewels?

​Dear All, Long note alert! There are two deep and deeply connected topics to share today. Refresh your coffee and settle in… Today’s first topic: Adding to the recent reviews of the clinical stage pipeline for both traditional products (link to the Sep 2019 Pew Charitable Trusts summary), and non-traditional products (link to an Aug 2019 newsletter summarizing

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In Praise of Non-Inferiority

Dear All (wonkish but intended for everybody to read and absorb): 27 Jan 2021 update: This topic now has its own YouTube video! As the ideas here are VERY confusing, I suggest you make the time to watch the video, read the newsletter, and then watch the video one more time. I have yet to

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New antibiotics are not being registered or sold in Europe in a timely manner

Dear All (and with thanks to Kevin for leading the charge on this newsletter), While listening to last week’s BEAM-sponsored AMR Conference (really a wonderful conference, thank you Team BEAM, go here to listen to the sessions), we tumbled onto a really, really disturbing trend: New antibiotics are not being registered or sold in Europe in

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Chemicals vs. drugs (Part 3): XKCD has the final word

This newsletter is part of a series — here are the links to Part 1, Part 2, and Part 4. Dear All, As a coda to the two newsletters on Chemicals, Drugs, and Halicin (link and link), XKCD gets the final word: Image reproduced with permission from https://xkcd.com/1217/. And, you might want to review XKCD on the

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Developing antibiotics for children: There are no easy answers

Aside: If you’ve enjoyed the prior discussions of movies to inspire antibiotic R&D and very apropos given the theme of today’s newsletter, please check out the newly released 4-minute YouTube discussion of a scene from Master and Commander in which antibiotics could have saved a young man’s arm! Dear All (Wonkish alert! There’s a lot of

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