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Lessons in Discovery from Lynn Silver + Pro-con on alternatives to antibiotics

Dear All: “Good decisions come from experience, and experience comes from bad decisions … and paying attention.” You’ve probably heard the first part of that before, but the “… and paying attention” is my addition and reflection upon reading Lynn Silver’s most recent commentary in the Springer Series Topics in Medicinal Chemistry, edited by Jed Fisher, Marvin

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Push! Pull! Push! Pull! / Highlights from Davos 2018

Dear All: Three important documents were released at / during / around the World Economic Forum meeting that occurred this week in Davos. First and foremost, we have the final report from DRIVE-AB. It’s a substantial document and you’ll need to set aside an afternoon to read it. As a way to get started, my 11 Sep 2017

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Chemical vs. drugs (Part 2): How do you discriminate? / More on halicin

Dear All (wonkish note alert!), The recent newsletter on chemicals, drugs, and halicin (link, see also a follow-up newsletter here) generated significant discussion and new insights that I thought I would share in a follow-up newsletter. Our theme in Part 2 is “Trust, but verify!”  Let’s start by considering comments on the newsletter. A number of

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New mechanisms for antibiotic reimbursement in the United States: CMS’s IPPS FY2020 Final Rule

Dear All (and with thanks to Kevin Outterson for substantial help with this newsletter), On August 2, 2019, the US government agency that administrates Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) announced several significant changes to hospital antibiotic reimbursement in US hospitals, effective October 1, 2019 (link to the very detailed Federal Register notice; go here for user-friendly summaries in Health

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Non-traditional antibiotics: A pipeline review and an analysis of key development challenges

Dear All, Non-traditional alternatives to antibiotics have excited a lot of interest in the past few years but we’ve seen relatively few of these progress in a meaningful way (go here for Pew’s recent survey of the development landscape). Providing insights into the challenges of this area, two valuable and complementary articles on non-traditional antibiotics have recently

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