'Antibiotic stewardship' to keep superbugs at bay just isn't happening

Panic has spread with the discovery of a bacterium, Escherichia coli, in the United States that is resistant to the last bastions of antibiotics.

This “superbug”, which causes many common infections such as urinary tract infections, cannot be treated with the antibiotic colistin. This is the treatment usually reserved for life-threatening bacterial infections that are