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Medical News & Perspectives
May 11, 2011

Proposals Seek to Reduce Resistance, Boost Development of New Antibiotics

JAMA. 2011;305(18):1845-1846. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.598

Like many people who remember what life was like before antibiotics became widely available more than 50 years ago, Rep Phil Gingrey (R, Ga) appreciates the kinds of miracles the drugs deliver. When he was a child, his older brother developed pneumonia, and as Gingrey recalls, his parents were certain that the illness was the “kiss of death.” But the physician who came to their home to care for Gingrey's brother had a new drug to offer—an antibiotic.

Gingrey’s brother recovered.

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