Everyone with any real understanding of the issue knows the FDA is to blame. They're doing the same thing they did in 1984 when they almost destroyed the vaccine industry. Vaccine makers stopped making vaccines because of the constantly increasing costs associated with protecting themselves from predatory and frivolous lawsuits.
Twenty years ago, the FDA began increasing the requirements that drug companies prove new antibiotics are effective and safe, and then forced them to increase the number of participants in clinical trials. Naturally, this was all at the drug company's expense. The end result, of course, was that just like in 1984, companies got out of the antibiotic business in huge numbers.
Now that Congress has finally begun to realize that they, once again, screwed the pooch, they are offering extended patent protection, fewer regulations and tax breaks to get the antibiotic pipeline rolling again. They're only about 20 years too late. Typical government FUBAR. Even so, there is a large contingency of "conservatives" who will demonize "big pharma" for not delivering the silver bullets they demand.
I had a biochem professor who liked to tell us that the bugs would inherit the earth. Little did he know just how much government would do to help them along.