Some strains of tuberculosis (TB) are resistant to several different drugs. Multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) can usually be treated successfully after identifying which drugs the bacteria are still susceptible to. A strain of TB that is resistant to a larger number of drugs is known as extensively drug-resistant TB (XDR-TB).

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  • Deadly drug-resistant TB a ‘blinking red’ global threat

    “We should all be more worried about multidrug-resistant TB than we are. It gets nothing like the level of attention it should do,” Peter Sands, Global Fund’s head, told AFP during a visit to New Delhi.

    07 February 2019 | South China Morning Post
  • Vitamin D helps treat lethal drug-resistant TB

    Vitamin D has been found to speed up the clearance of tuberculosis (TB) bacteria from the lungs of people with multi-drug resistant TB, according to a study of 1,850 patients receiving antibiotic treatment, led by Queen Mary University of London.

    07 February 2019 | Eurekalert Inf Dis
  • Despite side-effects, docs promote old TB treatment

    At a recent international TB conference, some doctors suggested countries with weak health systems should not be allowed to use new TB drugs, although the old ones are ineffectual and cause deafness. Thankfully, South Africa is leading the world in treating drug-resistant TB.

    26 November 2018 | Health-e
  • 49th Union World Conference on Lung Health: 90 percent of participants in short-course XDR-TB regimen cured after six months

    New results from the ongoing Nix-TB trial continue to confirm a short-course treatment regimen of bedaquiline – one of the two newest drugs to treat TB in half a century – linezolid and pretomanid offers a significantly improved treatment option for people infected with drug resistant forms of tuberculosis, researchers said here.

    05 November 2018 | Science Speaks
  • Bedaquiline price protests hit World Lung Conference launch

    As the opening ceremony of the 49th Union World Conference on Lung Health kicked off in the Netherlands last night, protesting activists demanded Johnson & Johnson (J&J) slash its price for the blockbuster tuberculosis (TB) drug, bedaquiline.

    26 October 2018 | Health-e
  • Johnson & Johnson prices keep key TB medicines out of reach

    As US pharmaceutical corporation Johnson & Johnson (J&J) continues to charge high prices for its newer tuberculosis (TB) drug bedaquiline, people with drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) are forced to go without the best possible treatments, according to a new report—DR-TB Drugs Under the Microscope—released today by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) at the 49th Union World Conference on Lung Health in The Hague. J&J should cut the price of bedaquiline in half so more lives can be saved, said the international medical humanitarian organization MSF.

    23 October 2018 | MSF
  • DR-TB Drugs Under the Microscope, 5th Edition

    The 5th edition of “DR-TB Drugs Under the Microscope” chronicles the changing landscape of available treatments for DR-TB, outlines the key barriers to accessing the most effective treatments, and makes recommendations for action that can improve TB care on a global scale.

    23 October 2018 | MSF
  • Scientists warn of global crisis over failure to tackle tuberculosis

    Heads of state, doctors and scientists will gather in New York next week to discuss one of the world’s most alarming medical crises: the failure of global efforts to tackle tuberculosis, the deadliest infectious disease on Earth.

    18 September 2018 | The Guardian
  • SimpliciTB Clinical Trial Launched with First Patients in Tbilisi, Georgia

    New pivotal trial examines potential of BPaMZ regimen to shorten treatment for tuberculosis and multidrug-resistant tuberculosis.

    28 August 2018 | TB Alliance
  • How smartphones are becoming a weapon in the global fight against tuberculosis

    Mobile technologies devised by researchers at the University of California, San Diego, and Johns Hopkins are allowing patients to use their phones to record daily medication intake. The encrypted videos are sent to public health workers who can watch them from their cubicles, instead of traveling long distances every day to visit patients at their homes or workplaces.

    21 August 2018 | STAT
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