Category Archives: TB

PEPFAR Scientific Advisory Board recommends accelerating scale up of HIV treatment

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The Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program met in September to discuss the results of the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) 052 trial, which found that individuals with HIV infection who were given immediate antiretroviral therapy (ART) were 96 percent less likely to transmit the virus […]

AIDS Clinical Trials Group teams up with TB Alliance to speed assessment of new TB treatment

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The TB Alliance announced Tuesday that it has enlisted the help of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) AIDS Clinical Trial Group (ACTG) to help complete testing of a potentially shorter tuberculosis treatment regimen utilizing an antibiotic not currently registered to treat TB – moxifloxacin.

TB/HIV activities: A look at Cambodia

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Dr. Mean Chhi Vun, director of Cambodia’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Dermatology and STDs (NCHADS), offered an exciting progress report to the TB/HIV Working Group of the Stop TB Partnership at their meeting last week in Beijing, including representatives from tuberculosis (TB) and HIV programs in China and elsewhere in the Pacific region…

Six-way agreement with pharma and TB organizations boosts info sharing, speeds novel combo treatments through development

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Last week the World Health Organization (WHO) and the TB Alliance joined with pharmaceutical companies AstraZeneca, Bayer, Sanofi and Tibotec in an innovative agreement to share information about tuberculosis (TB) compounds in their drug pipelines and speed the development of new regimens, including the most promising multi-drug treatments, regardless of sponsor. Science Speaks sat down with Mel Spigelman, MD, president and chief executive officer of the TB Alliance, to discuss the new collaboration, which promising drug combinations are coming down the pipeline, and how their work is expediting the process.