The first antibiotics came on the market after World War II. Bacteria continue to mutate so antibiotics cannot destroy them. Some have become so resistant that nothing is effective on them. A treatment that may have worked five years ago does not work anymore. Drug resistance makes patients more prone to infections and longer hospital stays. At the same time, the number of companies developing drugs is dropping. The FDA’s policies have brought clinical trials for new drugs to a stop. They are releasing new guidelines to rewrite these policies. If more time and money are invested in developing new antibiotics, we may increase human longevity.
Longtin, David and Miller, Henry. “The Grim Prospect Of Life Without Antibiotics.” Opinion. Forbes, 4 Jun 2014. Web. 3 Aug 2014.