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Biotech Innovations
October 10, 2017

Rapid Test for Antibiotic Susceptibility

JAMA. 2017;318(14):1314. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.15190

Researchers at Uppsala University in Sweden have developed a rapid point-of-care test for antibiotic susceptibility in urinary tract infections (UTIs). The advance could allow physicians to prescribe effective antibiotics for UTIs—and, in the future, other conditions—without unnecessarily resorting to broad spectrum drugs.

Worldwide, UTIs affect 150 million people annually and are a major driver of antibiotic use and resistance. Current clinical antibiotic susceptibility tests (ASTs) require bacteria to multiply and form colonies. This can take a day or more, too long to guide primary point-of-care treatment.