26 Apr Superbug Resistant to Antibiotics
A SUPERBUG resistant to all known medications has been found in the US for the first time. But an Australian pharmaceutical research company think they may have a solution to the superbug crisis.
Recce Ltd has just developed a synthetic antibiotic, which if approved for use, would be resistant to superbugs, its makers claim.
Recce executive chairman Graham Melrose told news.com.au the drug was before Food and Drug Administration approval and he hoped it would be on the market soon.
Dr Melrose said he didn’t believe the discovery of a superbug strain in the US, which was resistant to antibiotic, meant it was the end of the drug as we know it.
The superbug find raised fears it could old signal “the end of the road” for antibiotics.
Department of Defence researchers last month found a Pennsylvanian woman carried a strain of E. coli resistant to the antibiotic colistin.
The drug is the antibiotic used as a very last resort for the world’s most dangerous superbugs.
However Dr Melrose said he thought that was an extreme reaction given antibiotics and bacteria were both found in natural sources.
However the new drug (REECE AB 327) was synethic and as such has been especially designed to kill every germ and superbug it has been put against.
“I don’t see it as the end of antibiotics, they are still being developed.”
He said he hoped the drug would be on the market soon as it was obvious there was a need given the rise of superbugs.
The US superbug discovery, published in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, a publication of the American Society for Microbiology, said it heralded “the emergence of a truly pan-drug resistant bacteria”.