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Will new TB treatments reach those who need them most?

Pharma giant GlaxoSmithKline is pursuing new treatments for tuberculosis but insists it will need support from governments and funding agencies if it is to get them to patients in lower-income countries, the head of its global health unit, David Barros-Aguirre, told Devex.

Published
15 April 2019
From
Devex
EACS Standard of Care meeting report – Tackling HIV and co-infections in Europe: towards common standards

This is the full report from the EACS Standard of Care Meeting. It can also be read in three separate sections here.Eastern Europe continues to have

Published
29 March 2019
By
Gus Cairns
Double doses of darunavir given with rifampicin lead to high rates of hepatoxicity

Adjusted doses of darunavir/ritonavir (DRV/r) with rifampicin (RIF) were associated with unacceptable risk of hepatotoxicity and a reduction in DRV trough concentrations in a pharmacokinetic (PK) study, conducted in South Africa, presented at CROI 2019.


Published
12 March 2019
From
HIV i-Base
Pulmonary TB can be cured with shorter treatment, study finds

New data analysis uses precision medicine approach to demonstrate treatment efficacy. When patients were retrospectively stratified into minimal, moderate and severe disease categories, the four-month drug regimens turned out to have been highly effective for the 47 percent of patients with minimal disease. But the four-month regimens were not effective for patients with moderate or severe disease. And even the standard six-month treatment was insufficient for those with the most extensive disease.

Published
06 November 2018
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Eurekalert Inf Dis
Ending tuberculosis will take lower drug prices and a new, improved innovation ecosystem

Prisha and millions of other people with tuberculosis and drug-resistant tuberculosis do not need more patents for drugs they can’t afford. Instead, they need a better system with new incentives. They need real innovation. And right now they need a political declaration from the U.N.’s high-level meeting on tuberculosis that reaffirms countries’ legal right to use TRIPS flexibilities when they cannot otherwise afford the lifesaving treatments that Prisha and millions like her desperately need.

Published
13 September 2018
From
STAT
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.

Published
28 August 2018
From
TB Alliance
Dolutegravir-based ART effective and safe for HIV-positive people taking standard TB treatment

Dolutegravir-based antiretroviral therapy (ART) is effective and safe when taken at the same time as standard tuberculosis (TB) therapy, according to an international study presented at the

Published
24 August 2018
By
Michael Carter
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.

Published
21 August 2018
From
STAT
South Africa strikes deal on new TB drug as WHO revisits guidance

The World Health Organization could soon start promoting a new tuberculosis drug that is now more affordable after South Africa brokered a deal with a pharmaceutical company to slash the price by half.

Published
13 August 2018
From
Devex
AIDS 2018: Price of bedaquiline drops in South Africa, will replace injectable TB drugs, Minister of Health announces

South Africa has signed a deal with bedaquiline manufacturer Jannsen pharmaceuticals to drop the price of the drug from $750 for a full course to $400, for the next eight months,Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi announced here today.

Published
23 July 2018
From
Science Speaks
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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