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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  • 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
  • WHO announces landmark changes in MDR-TB treatment regimens

    Major improvement in treatment outcomes and quality of life of patients with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) are expected, following key changes in MDR-TB treatment announced by WHO today.

    20 August 2018 | World Health Organization
  • MSF applauds World Health Organization's recommendation of improved tuberculosis treatment options

    Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) today welcomed the new World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations for improved treatment for people with drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB), prioritising the use of several oral drugs, including the newer drug bedaquiline, and minimising the use of drugs that must be injected.

    20 August 2018 | ReliefWeb
  • All-access for blockbuster TB drug in South Africa

    The country made history on Monday when the health department announced that all drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) patients will be eligible to receive the new medicine, bedaquiline. “The Department of Health’s [DoH] commitment on bedaquiline is momentous globally and marks a new era of DR-TB management where we are really prioritising the patient,” Doctors Without Borders’ Dr Anja Reuters told Health-e News.

    19 June 2018 | Health-e
  • Could a New Universal Tuberculosis Regimen Help End the TB Pandemic?

    As tuberculosis (TB) is the world's most lethal infectious disease, there is an urgent need to improve the treatment of this bacterial infection. One approach under consideration is the institution of a universal or “pan-TB” regimen comprising new agents capable of treating multidrug-resistant (MDR) and even extensively drug-resistant (XDR) TB.

    29 May 2018 | Infectious Disease Advisor
  • Study finds more than 80 percent of patients needing WHO recommended last resort treatment for drug-resistant TB not getting it

    Roughly four years after the World Health Organization recommended that the newest drugs against tuberculosis be made available to patients for whom they represented a last resort, fewer than a fifth of patients needing them have received them, according to a report in the International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease.

    06 April 2018 | Science Speaks
  • WHO issues recommendations on management of isoniazid-resistant tuberculosis

    Within the context of an ongoing extensive review of evidence on treatment of drug-resistant (TB) taking place in 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a Supplement to its current drug-resistant TB treatment guidelines, providing recommendations for the management of isoniazid-resistant TB. These will be incorporated into the Consolidated Guidelines for Treatment and Care of Drug-resistant TB envisaged by WHO later in 2018.

    22 March 2018 | World Health Organization
  • J&J, Macleods in talks for licence deal of tuberculosis drug

    Mumbai-based Macleods Pharmaceuticals and US drug giant Johnson & Johnson(J&J) are in talks for a voluntary licence deal for the tuberculosis drug Bedaquiline, EThas learnt.

    13 March 2018 | Economic Times
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