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The NY Daily News reports that drug resistant superbugs are wreaking havoc among G.I.s in Iraq. But lack of profits has kept America’s drug companies from finding a cure, critics claim.
Hundreds of wounded soldiers have fallen prey to infections caused by a mysterious bug called acinetobacter that has resisted treatment with numerous antibiotics.
Yet Dr. John Bartlett, chief of infectious diseases at Johns Hopkins University, told a Senate panel this month: “There is not enough of a market for any pharmaceutical company to develop a drug for acinetobacter. It will never happen.”
And then there’s leishmaniasis…..