Antibiotic effectiveness is in jeopardy. Every 15 minutes, someone in the U.S. dies of drug-resistant bacteria. Urgent action is needed to address this public health crisis.
EVERYONE NEEDS ANTIBIOTICS
Antibiotics are the foundation of modern medicine. People of all ages, everywhere, rely on antibiotics to restore them to good health.
THE THREAT OF SUPERBUGS
Antibiotics have a time limit. These essential drugs have likely saved your life, or the life of a loved one, protecting us against all forms of harmful bacteria. But for decades, we have known that their power had an expiration date.
Over time, bacteria can develop resistance against antibiotics and become “superbugs.” We need constant innovation to stay ahead of the bugs.
A GROWING CRISIS
antibiotic-resistant infections occur in the U.S. each year (CDC)
cause of death after heart disease, cancer and accidents in the U.S. according to a scientific study (Washington University)
in annual financial costs are linked to antibiotic resistance in the U.S. (CDC)
ACTION FOR AN ABANDONED SCIENCE
In the last three decades, antibiotic research and development has slowed. New antibiotics can be expensive to discover and produce. Once developed, these drugs must be used sparingly to slow the emergence of superbugs. As it has become less profitable, pharmaceutical companies have progressively abandoned this area.
Meanwhile, medical professionals are left with ever fewer options for safeguarding their patients’ lives.
“Antibiotics save lives, kill bacteria that cause infections, and make it possible for many modern health care practices — including cancer treatments or surgery — to be safely performed. […] We reaffirm our commitment to meet the challenge of antibiotic resistance and preserve the effectiveness of these lifesaving treatments.”
At GARDP North America, we work to accelerate the development and availability of antibiotic treatments. We guard the power of antibiotics so that modern medicine works for you.