'We have arrived in the post-antibiotic era': WHO warns of too few new drugs for deadly superbugs

March 31, 2023

“We don’t have enough drugs.”Health officials have warned the public about antibiotic resistance for decades. In the U.S., antifungal drug-resistant infections from the fungus Candida auris increased 60% in 2020, according to the CDC. The WHO has identified 12 resistant superbugs deemed “priority pathogens,” and the CDC tracks a list of 18 drug-resistant bacteria and fungi. “It’s a matter of time.”The WHO says the rate of antibiotic resistance is accelerating. “At the end of the day, the ‘supply and demand’ model is not tenable for antibiotics,” Fowler said.