by T. P. Robinson, D. P. Bu, J. Carrique-Mas et al.
Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg 2016; 00: 1–4 – First published online: July 29, 2016
In May this year, the long-awaited final report from the Review on Antimicrobial Resistance was published. The report estimates that the 700,000 annual deaths currently attributable to infections by drug-resistant pathogens will increase, if unchecked, to 10 million by 2050, running up a bill of US$ 100 trillion in terms of lost global production between now and then. We have been squandering our antibiotic resources for far too long and immediate action is needed on a very large scale if we are to reverse current trends.