Society is in the midst of 2 converging public health crises: skyrocketing antibiotic resistance and plummeting new antibiotic development.1- 3 While most physicians have become familiar with the crisis of antibiotic resistance, few may be aware of the severity of the collapse in antibiotic development (Figure).
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