She’s absolutely right of course. We are indeed running out of effective antibiotics.And we assuredly do need to change something so that we continue to discover new classes of them.
I have a feeling, based on no evidence at all, that the problem is at the consumption end: the incentives provided to manufacturers. I’m unconvinced that regulated health care systems are willing to pay enough to encourage the research and development of those new classes. Anyone better informed than I am please do pitch in (and you wouldn’t have to be very informed to be better informed than I am).
However, I think the piece could have been stronger about this point:
Back to those sniffles, then. I’m just going to have to wait for this damn virus to get out of my system. Antibiotics aren’t going to help, and I certainly don’t want to become a breeding ground for a new resistant strain of bacterium.
Quite, colds, ‘flu, they’re viri* and antibiotics do precisely fuck all against them. If people demand a pill for a cold give ‘em a sugar pill. Have the same effect without the resistance problem.
*And the rules about plurals of Latin words morphed into English ones be damned.