Drug-resistant bacteria a growing concern

Drug-resistant bacteria have become a "near critical situation," according to a St. Louis College of Pharmacy expert interviewed by reporter Mark Koba on CNBC.

Ryan Moenster, associate professor of pharmacy practice at the college, said the situation is particularly dire for people infected with so-called gram negative bacteria such as Bordetella pertussis, the culprit in whooping cough.

"We have some new agents out for gram positives, but the pipeline to combat gram-negatives is really dry," Moenster said in a blog published Thursday.

Pfizer Inc. once had a major presence in antibacterial research but disbanded the Groton-based group as part of cutbacks.

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