Antibiotics and the Problem of the Broken Market
The world needs new antibiotics. Wesley Stephenson asks how to entice big pharmaceuticals back in to the market.
It is a life and death situation – the world is at its last line of defence against some pretty nasty bacteria and there are no new antibiotics. But it is not the science that’s the big problem, it is the economics. Despite the $40 billion market worldwide there is no money to be made in antibiotics so big pharmaceuticals have all but stopped their research. Why is this and how do we entice them back in? Wesley Stephenson finds out.
(Image: Computer artwork of bacteria. Credit: Science Photo Library)