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FDA analysis of 40-years of antibacterial development: Dheman et al.

Dear All (and with thanks to Kevin Outterson for co-authoring this newsletter), Just out in CID is a paper in which FDA analyzes trends in antibacterial development from 1980-2019. To fully appreciate this paper, you need to look both at it and three other papers: FDA’s paper (https://doi.org/10.1093/cid/ciaa859): Dheman N, Mahoney N, Cox EM, Farley

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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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Developing systemic & inhaled antibiotics for lung infections

Dear All: I missed it personally, but by all reports the session on 3 June 2017 at ASM Microbe entitled “Development of New Drugs and Strategies for Hospital-Acquired Pneumonia Caused by MDR Pathogens” during ASM Microbe was an outstanding survey of this challenging area during which Shampa Das, Mike Dudley, and Sumati Nambiar gave great

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NIAID workshop: What is a robust PK-PD package?

Dear All: The ~150 of us who gathered in Washington yesterday and today for the NIAID’s PK-PD workshop enjoyed a very rich conversation. It’s really hard to capture the full debate, but here is a brief slide set and as well a written summary of the meeting that provide the main points. More materials can be found online at this

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IDSA White Paper on developing narrow-spectrum antimicrobials + editorial by G. Drusano

Dear All (long note alert … there’s a lot of material below my signature): Just published today is an IDSA White Paper entitled “Developing Antimicrobial Drugs for Resistant Pathogens, Narrow-spectrum Indications, and Unmet Needs.” The paper is accompanied by an editorial by George Drusano. As the papers are free to download (links below). The white paper reviews the

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