UMEM Educational Pearls

Category: International EM

Title: New Antibiotics Desperately Needed

Keywords: Antibiotic resistance, bacterial pathogens (PubMed Search)

Posted: 3/15/2017 by Jon Mark Hirshon, MD, MPH
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The World Health Organization (WHO) recently published their first ever list of antibiotic-resistant "priority pathogens".  These 12 families of bacterial pathogens have the potential to be a significant threat to human health.


These bacteria are divided in critical, high and medium priority pathogens. 


The critical pathogens requiring R & D for new antibiotics are:


1.     Acinetobacter baumannii, carbapenem-resistant

2.     Pseudomonas aeruginosa, carbapenem-resistant

3.     Enterobacteriaceae, carbapenem-resistant, ESBL-producing