Second Report of TB Drug Shortages

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Last week we posted an item about Burma facing a severe shortage of TB drugs next year unless emergency funding is secured. Today, there’s news that Uganda may be in an even worse situation.

In northern Uganda, the lack of drugs—for HIV as well as TB—is already causing serious concern.

Dr Paul Onek, director of health services in Gulu District, said supplies of malaria, TB and antiretroviral drugs had all run out. “We last received TB drugs in January for only 400 TB patients,” Onek said, according to a report in Irin/PlusNews. Some patients are reportedly taking expired TB medications.

Of course, if TB or HIV patients lose access to vital drugs, it raises the frightening prospect of drug resistant strains of the diseases emerging. But that possibility seems quite real in Uganda.

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