The Generating Antibiotics Incentives Now Act was introduced Wednesday by Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Ga., and co-sponsored by Reps. Diana DeGette, D-Colo.; Gene Green, D-Texas; Anna Eshoo, D-Calif.; Mike Rogers, R-Mich.; Ed Whitfield. R-Ky.; and John Shimkus, R-Ill.
Among other things, the bill would incentivize creation of new antibiotics to combat serious drug-resistant infections.
"Antibiotics save millions of lives each year. Yet our current arsenal of these life-saving medicines is dangerously low, tens of thousands of Americans are dying each year from drug-resistant infections and too few new antibiotics are in the pipeline," Sharon Ladin, director of the project, said in a statement.
Ladin said the legislation "addresses market failures that are stifling antibiotic innovation. This legislation represents an important first step."