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Big Pharma Abandons New Tuberculosis Drug Research

Three major pharmaceutical companies - AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer - have recently delayed or canceled clinical trials for testing tuberculosis (TB) drugs in India and South Africa. Activists say this is symbolic of a trend by Big Pharma to abandon research into diseases that affect poor people.

Published
02 April 2014
From
CorpWatch.org
New consensus reached to help tackle multidrug-resistant and extensively drug-resistant TB

New consensus statements have been developed to help tackle the growing threat of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis and extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis.

Published
26 March 2014
From
Eurekalert Medicine & Health
Combating Tuberculosis: special report

Tuberculosis remains one of the greatest public health risks in many low- and middle-income countries, while the emergence of deadly new drug-resistant strains of TB threatens to unravel years of progress.

Published
24 March 2014
From
Financial Times
Poor Diagnosis Driving Global Multidrug-Resistant TB, WHO Warns

In 2012, fewer than 25 percent of the 500,000 people with multidrug-resistant TB (MDR TB) infections received a diagnosis, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). As a result, many MDR TB-infected individuals received the wrong treatment or no treatment at all.

Published
24 March 2014
From
Reuters
Tuberculosis cases down by 6% but only 1 in 3 MDR TB patients finishes treatment successfully

In 2012, 68 423 cases of tuberculosis (TB) were reported in 29 EU/EEA countries according to new data published by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and the WHO Regional Office for Europe ahead of World Tuberculosis Day.

Published
19 March 2014
From
ECDC
Public Health England Study Examines Spread of MDR-TB

Vaccine News Daily reported on a Public Health England (PHE) study of multidrug-resistant TB (MDR TB) in the United Kingdom. According to PHE, MDR TB cases increased from 28 cases per year to 81 in the past 12 years for a total of approximately 681 confirmed cases between 2000 and 2012.

Published
17 March 2014
From
CDC National Prevention Information Network
South Africa Battles Drug-Resistant TB

Despite an increase in diagnosis times, South Africa is facing a growing drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) burden as nationally there remains a large gap between the number of patients diagnosed with multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) and those who start treatment.

Published
12 March 2014
From
Inter Press Service
SIRTURO® (bedaquiline) Receives Conditional Approval in the European Union for the Treatment of Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis

Janssen-Cilag International NV (Janssen) announced today that the European Commission (EC) has granted conditional approval to SIRTURO® (bedaquiline) in the European Union, for use as part of an appropriate combination regimen for pulmonary multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in adult patients, when an effective treatment regimen cannot otherwise be composed for reasons of resistance or tolerability.

Published
07 March 2014
From
Janssen press release
Russia's drug-resistant TB spreading more easily

Bacterial 'superbugs' are getting ever more potent. Tuberculosis (TB) strains in Russia carry mutations that not only make them resistant to antibiotics but also help them to spread more effectively, according to an analysis of 1,000 genomes from different TB isolates — one of the largest whole-genome study of a single bacterial species so far.

Published
28 January 2014
From
Nature
GLOBAL: Xpert MTB/RIF Test Quickly Detects TB and Resistance to Rifampicin

News-Medical.net reported on a second systematic review of the Xpert® MTB/RIF TB test, which is endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO commissioned this updated Cochrane Review as part of the process to update the policy on the use of the test.

Published
23 January 2014
From
CDC National Prevention Information Network
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