In the April 7th edition of Nature there is a disturbing article about the lack of production of new antibiotics. Despite the rise in the number of antibiotic resistant micro-organisms, only 4 new classes of antibiotics have been produced over the last 40 years. The World Health Organisation is concerned that sooner or later this lack of new antibiotics will result in disaster.
However, drug companies readily point out that the cost of developing a new antibiotic is costly. Just the final stage of drug development – Phase III clinical trials – can cost around US $70 million. Given the challenges in developing antibiotic drugs via traditional approaches, perhaps it is time the multi-national companies which pull in millions of dollars with their off the shelf homeopathic remedies starting working on homeopathic antibiotics. After all, homeopathic remedies take very little money to produce – they are after all only water, and supposedly become more powerful the more they are diluted. Hence the only cost to the company will be the testing, unlike the conventional drug industry which must also spend billions finding/analysing/synthesising their drugs.
So what about it all you companies selling homeopathic remedies? Surely if you believe your remedies work, you can see you are missing out on a very lucrative and cost effective market for new antibiotics?