Part of the drugs industry should be taken over to make new antibiotics, an influential economist has argued.

Lord Jim O’Neill, who advised the government on antibiotic resistance, said he was shocked by pharmaceutical companies failing to tackle drug-resistant infections.

He said the solution may be to “just take it away from them and take it over”.

The pharmaceutical industry said it was not standing still on the issue.

Bacteria evolving resistance to antibiotics threatens to take medicine back to the dark ages.

Some infections could become untreatable and losing the drugs would make surgery and cancer therapy far more risky.

It is known as the antibiotic apocalypse.

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