Triple-drug cocktail could conquer E coli ‘superbug’ | News in brief | Pharmaceutical Journal

Types of Escherichia coli kolicin

Types of Escherichia coli kolicin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The  Pharmaceutical Journal reports that a strain of Escherichia coli with immunity to last-resort antibiotics can be destroyed with a novel combination of three existing drugs, citing researchers at the University at Buffalo, New York.

Source: Triple-drug cocktail could conquer E coli ‘superbug’ | News in brief | Pharmaceutical Journal

It’s early days but this is important news.

Low-temperature electron micrograph of a clust...

Low-temperature electron micrograph of a cluster of E. coli bacteria, magnified 10,000 times. Each individual bacterium is oblong shaped. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Over-prescription and less new antibiotics from Big Pharma have signalled risks of returning to the dark ages before antibiotics.

Most people have a friend or family member who goes to a public hospital for a routine procedure and picks up a nasty infection – too many die from complications.

It’s far too easy to come up against the only recommended antibiotic, often with serious side effects.

I have a friend who’s developed a serious infection following a plate inserted in his leg – he’s been in hospital for three months having three hours of intrevenous antibiotics every day,

So how should governments intervene to ensure that there are more effective antibiotics when required?

Thoughts?