Bugs & Drugs

I found that I was losing the plot about what was where! Here’s my quick guide to priority pathogens and pipeline reviews. Corrections and amends gratefully received.

Priority Pathogen / Threat Lists

  • India 2021: Newsletter is here, report is here.
  • CDC 2019: Newsletter is here, report itself is here.
  • WHO 2017: Newsletter is here, report itself is here.
  • CDC 2013: Report itself is here.
  • ESKAPE list 2008-9: The original papers are here:
    • (link) Rice LB. Federal funding for the study of antimicrobial resistance in nosocomial pathogens: no ESKAPE. J Infect Dis. 2008;197(8):1079-81.
    • (link) Boucher HW et al. Bad Bugs, No Drugs: No ESKAPE! An Update from the Infectious Diseases Society of America. Clinical Infectious Diseases. 2009;48(1):1-12
  • Comparative summary of all 5 priority pathogen lists as a PowerPoint deck is here.
    • Please also see this newsletter for a further discussion of the priority pathogen lists as well as the idea of first- vs. best-in-class. 

Pipeline Reviews

  • Reviews by WHO
    • WHO 2019: My newsletter is here, commentary by WHO staff is here, the pre-clinical pipeline review is here and is supported by a data-mining interface here; the clinical pipeline review is here.
    • WHO 2017: Newsletter is here, report is here, and manuscript about the review is here.
  • Reviews by the Pew Trusts (all updated as of March 2021; see also this newsletter)
    • Go here for traditional therapeutics.
    • Go here for a visualization of pipeline changes during 2014-2020.
    • Non-traditional products are separately summarized here.
  • Independent pipeline reviews
  • Access- and Stewardship-focused reviews
    • CDDEP’s “The State of the World’s Antibiotics Report in 2021” (link) presents extensive data on global antimicrobial use and resistance, a brief pipeline review, and by-country dashboards
    • ATMF’s “2021 Access to Medicine Index” (link) summarizes progress made and work to be done on access.

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

Vaccines to turn back the tide of antimicrobial resistance

Dear All, 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 to reduce antibiotic use and to prevent the further emergence of antimicrobial resistance. Here are the links you need —

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