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2012

Science and Technology Law

Washington University in St. Louis

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Antibiotic Maximalism: Legislative Assaults On The Evidence-Based Treatment Of Lyme Disease, Joseph B. Franklin Jan 2012

Antibiotic Maximalism: Legislative Assaults On The Evidence-Based Treatment Of Lyme Disease, Joseph B. Franklin

Washington University Law Review

Antibiotics, and the deadly pathogens that have evolved to resist them, are one of the major public health concerns of our time. The introduction of penicillin in the early 1940s signaled a new era—not only for the treatment of devastating infections, but also for the out-witting of antibiotics by fast-evolving bacteria. If the middle of the twentieth century saw the era of antibiotic innovation, the past several years might be labeled the era of antibiotic resistance, when untreatable infections have become a modern scourge. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is the most notorious antibiotic resistant “superbug”; this antibiotic-resistent pathogen has ...