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New Senate Bill Promotes Antibiotic Development

The Generating Antibiotics Incentives Now (GAIN) Act, introduced this week by Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), aims to "spur development of new antibiotics to combat the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria," according to a press release issued by Sen. Blumenthal.

"Superbugs or mutant germs resistant to present antibiotics are a growing public health horror — now targeted through this bipartisan proposal to speed creation and approval of new drugs against them," Sen. Blumenthal said in the statement.

The GAIN Act, authored by Rep. Phil Gingrey, MD (R-GA), was also introduced in the US House of Representatives with bipartisan support on June 15.

"With this legislation, we hope to ensure that new drugs will be available to combat the rising numbers of antibiotic-resistant bugs that threaten Americans in hospitals, on the battlefield, in their homes, and in our schools. Health professionals have been sounding the alarm on this problem for over a decade — a solution to this problem is long overdue," said Rep. Gingrey in a statement at that time.

According to Sen. Blumenthal, "antibiotic-resistant 'superbugs' have been on the rise for the last decade, with the rate of antibiotic-resistant staph infections approaching 50%. Currently, antibiotic-resistant MRSA infections are responsible for over 17,000 deaths in the US each year."

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