Research assesses geographic distribution of new antibiotics following market introduction

ScienceDaily | 10/16/2018 | Staff
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In addition to examining the launch of new antibiotics, the researchers also tracked how the medicines spread over time, through analysis of global drug sales. They found that within three years of their introduction, antibiotics could reach as many as 30 national markets, and in 10 years as many as 70. However, drug availability was highly variable and only 12 of the 25 antibiotics had registered sales in more than 10 countries.

The antibiotics with the greatest geographic availability by 2014 -- ertapenem, linezolid, moxifloxacin, and tigecycline, which all reached over 60 countries -- originated from European or US companies and were launched in Europe or the US. In general, drugs launched in Japan were less likely to be available in other countries, though antibiotics intended to treat infections caused by drug resistant bacteria tended...
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