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Antibiotics: Drug Resistance

Department of Health written question – answered on 6th December 2016.

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Photo of Andrea Jenkyns Andrea Jenkyns Conservative, Morley and Outwood

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the efficacy of Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus in tackling anti-microbial resistance.

Photo of Nicola Blackwood Nicola Blackwood The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The Department welcomes the recent research on the potential use of Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus in destroying antibiotic resistant bacteria, since such novel therapies may help to slow the development and spread of antimicrobial resistance.

The research demonstrates an unusual approach to tackling resistant bacteria, but it is too soon to assess the efficacy of this method in human therapeutic use, as it is still at an early stage. Nevertheless, it does offer a new potential mechanism for combatting resistant infections, which would be valuable given the lack of new antibiotics. Depending on how the research progresses, we will consult with our expert advisory scientific committee to assess the application of such research for human therapeutic use.

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