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Cubist Pharmaceuticals Supports Proposed Legislation in Congress That's Aimed at Promoting the Development of New Antibiotics

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THE HEALTH SUBCOMMITTEE, OF THE U-S HOUSE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE, HAS BEEN HOLDING HEARINGS ON HOW TO ACCELERATE THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW MEDICINES--INCLUDING ANTIBIOTICS--IN ORDER TO COMBAT THE THREAT OF MULTIDRUG-RESISTANT BACTERIAL-INFECTIONS.  AMONG THOSE TESTIFYING AT THE HEARINGS IS DOCTOR BARRY EISENSTEIN ["-STEEN"]--THE SENIOR VICE-PRESIDENT FOR SCIENTIFIC-AFFAIRS, AT CUBIST PHARMACEUTICALS...

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IN AT LEAST 37 STATES, BACTERIA THAT ARE RESISTANT TO MOST KNOWN-TREATMENTS HAVE ALREADY BEEN IDENTIFIED.  BUT, THE DEVELOPMENT OF ANTIBIOTICS HAS EXPERIENCED A SHARP-DECLINE:  IN FACT, F-D-A-APPROVALS HAVE DECLINED BY 75-PERCENT--BETWEEN 1983 AND 2007.  AND, WHILE AWARENESS ABOUT THE ISSUE HAS RISEN, LEGISLATIVE-ACTION IS NECESSARY TO CHANGE COURSE:  THE '"GENERATING ANTIBIOTIC INCENTIVES NOW"--OR "GAIN"--"ACT"' OFFERS OUR BEST-HOPE TO STIMULATE AMERICAN-INNOVATION, AND TO STRENGTHEN THE HAND OF CLINICIANS AND SCIENTISTS ALIKE, IN THE FIGHT AGAINST DRUG-RESISTANT PATHOGENS--BOTH HERE AND ABROAD."

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