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What does new drug PaMZ mean for TB and HIV treatment?

The development of PaMZ has been hailed as a breakthrough. But what do the experts think?

Published
02 September 2014
From
The Guardian
Acquired rifampicin resistance more likely in HIV-coinfected patients

Patients with HIV and tuberculosis were more likely to develop acquired rifampicin resistance when treated with a thrice-weekly tuberculosis treatment compared with patients not coinfected with HIV, according to researchers from the National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis in India. The rate of bacteriologic failure was 4% among patients without HIV. Among patients with HIV, the rates were 9% for those not receiving ART and 5% for those receiving ART.

Published
02 September 2014
From
Healio
Use of drug susceptibility testing to select therapy improves treatment outcomes in patients with MDR- and XDR-TB

New research published in the online edition of Clinical Infectious Diseases supports World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations for the use of drug susceptibility testing to select drugs for the

Published
13 August 2014
By
Michael Carter
Reduced treatment delays for people with drug-resistant TB and HIV co-infection through decentralised care and rapid Xpert MTB/RIF test

Decentralisation of drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) management and use of the Xpert MTB/RIF test improves the time from clinic presentation to treatment from 50 days to 7 days

Published
23 July 2014
By
Lesley Odendal
Novel TB regimen could reduce treatment duration

A novel TB drug regimen that could treat drug-sensitive and some forms of drug-resistant TB far more quickly than current standard TB therapy, according to findings from a

Published
21 July 2014
By
Lesley Odendal
Apathy in TB fight: The Economist Intelligence Unit

A new report on tuberculosis calls for raising the profile of TB, fight apathy and lack of compelling ambition in addressing the disease.

Published
04 July 2014
From
Stop TB Partnership
South Africa: Litigation threat may prompt access to cheaper DR-TB drug

South Africa may finally allow access to a cheaper form of the drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) drug linezolid following the lodging of a high court case.

Published
16 June 2014
From
Health-e
South Africa: Government to introduce new drug-resistant TB drugs

Government’s small-scale introduction of the first new TB drug in four decades is saving lines and paving the way for more, better and cheaper drugs to treat drug-resistant TB. Many wonder if they will come fast enough for those who need them.

Published
16 June 2014
From
Health-e
South African activists: DR-TB a ‘public health emergency’

Civil society groups have called for government to declare drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) a public health emergency, as the DR-TB response remains underfunded.

Published
16 June 2014
From
Health-e
TB drug approvals, distribution deal inches options forward, but MDR TB treatment access still uncertain where needed most

Last week’s important developments in TB treatment included the announcement that bedaquiline, the currently most promising medicine for multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis, will become available to patients in 130 low- and middle-income countries through the Stop TB Partnership’s Global Drug Facility.

Published
14 May 2014
From
Science Speaks
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