Pfizer Moves May Dim Prospect for New Antibiotics

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"The plan will not sit well with the infectious disease community, said Brad Spellberg, MD, of the University of California Los Angeles, and a member of IDSA's Antimicrobial Availability Task Force.

"It's just a crushing blow," he told MedPage Today in a phone interview. He said Pfizer had been one of a handful of big companies in the antibiotic field and that the decision would have a crippling effect on antibiotic development."