In Côte d’Ivoire, the Nouvelle Pharmacie de la Santé Publique (NPSP), the facility responsible for receiving, warehousing and distributing medicines, and the Programme National de Lutte contre la Tuberculose (PNLT), a principal recipient, were responsible for a massive diversion of TB drugs financed by The Global Fund.
19 April 2016 | Global Fund Observer
Two years after two new drugs to treat tuberculosis—the first in over 50 years—were conditionally approved for use, only 2% of the 150,000 people who need them have been able to access them, according to Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).
24 March 2016 | Médecins Sans Frontières
In a study using mice, the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine infectious disease experts have added to evidence that statin drugs -- known primarily for their cholesterol-lowering effects -- can significantly reduce the time it takes to clear tuberculosis infection.
16 March 2016 | EurekAlert (press release)
NICE – the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence of England – published guidance on how to better treat and prevent tuberculosis. England has more TB cases than any other country in Western Europe.
15 January 2016 | NICE press release
South African jails are making notable strides in screening for, and curing, tuberculosis.
12 January 2016 | Mail & Guardian
A major Indian supplier of tuberculosis drugs to developing countries has been severely criticized by the World Health Organization for inadequate manufacturing standards and poor testing procedures. The United Nations agency issued a warning letter to Mumbai-based Svizera Labs, part of Maneesh Pharmaceuticals, stating that the approval and use of its products would be suspended if "critical and major observations are not corrected within a reasonable time frame".
15 September 2015 | Medical Daily
2015 report on the pipeline for new HIV, HCV and TB drugs.
17 July 2015 | TAG
USAID funded MEASURE Evaluation to initiate an impact evaluation in Ukraine for two TB programmatic priorities: Improving integration of TB and HIV services to reduce mortality through early diagnosis and treatment for co-infected patients; and providing social support services to improve TB treatment adherence.
30 March 2015 | Science Speaks
Once an active case of extremely drug resistant (XXDR-TB) strain of tuberculosis or totally drug resistant (TDR) TB, 40-year-old Rashid Khan (name changed), has now been completely cured of his disease. Despite having total drug resistance and HIV infection, Khan got cured a few days ago. At one stage he was receiving a cocktail of 18–20 drugs between his HIV and TB regimes. But Bedaquiline made a huge difference in his treatment. He is off medicine now.
24 March 2015 | DNAIndia
A new tuberculosis (TB) drug regimen designed to improve options for TB therapy eliminated more bacteria from sputum than standard therapy, worked for people with multi-drug-resistant (MDR) TB, and did so in a quarter of the time, according to data from a phase 2b clinical trial published today in The Lancet. These results are published just as the global phase 3 clinical trial, STAND, designed to bring this regimen through the last stage of testing, has begun. The PaMZ regimen uses pretomanid, a new drug; moxifloxacin, an established antibiotic that is experimental as a TB treatment; and pyrazinamide, an established TB drug. Twenty percent of the TB patients enrolled in NC-002 also were co-infected with HIV and the PaMZ regimen appeared to be effective independent of HIV status. See also http://www.aidsmap.com/Novel-TB-regimen-could-reduce-treatment-duration/page/2892700/
18 March 2015 | Lancet (free registration required)