New Antibiotics Might Speed Thru FDA

New Antibiotics Might Speed Thru FDA
New Antibiotics Might Speed Thru FDA

Addressing rising concerns of “superbugs,” plans have been proposed to push new antibiotics through the FDA process on a fast track. These new drugs would be designed specifically to fight infections resistant to exiting antibiotics — skipping tests usually required until after the drugs are already being used.

The New York Times reports that Dr. John H. Powers, a former FDA antibiotics reviewer, worries that drug companies might have little incentive to broadly test such an antibiotic once it’s been approved for use on a small group. Unless safeguards are put in place, it might eventually be used in millions of people without full knowledge of side effects and long-term effects.

–MedShadow Staff

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