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Drug-resistant tuberculosis poses global threat, warn doctors

World Health Organisation says spread of hardier strains of TB across former USSR nations is of ‘critical concern’.

Published
13 hours ago
From
The Guardian
South Africa: Bedaquiline approved to treat multi-drug resistant tuberculosis

The Medicines Control Council has approved Janssen Pharmaceutica's bedaquiline, the first drug specifically designed for treating multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) to reach the market. Janssen is a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson.

Published
21 October 2014
From
Business Day
Minsk has extremely high levels of drug-resistant TB, a study in Belarus reveals

Multidrug-resistant (MDR)-TB was found in 35.3% (95% CI 27.7–42.8) of new patients and 76.5% (95% CI 66.1–86.8) of those previously treated. Overall, nearly one in two patients enrolled had MDR-TB. Extensively drug-resistant TB was reported in 15 of the 107 MDR-TB patients (14.0%, 95% CI 7.3–20.7). The findings of this survey in Minsk city are alarming and represent the highest proportions of MDR-TB ever recorded in the world.

Published
29 September 2014
From
TB Europe Coalition
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
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Health-e
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