Category Archives: TB

GeneXpert analysis puts numbers, consistency on test’s advantages

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McGill University researchers who analyzed 18 studies involving more than 7,000 people released findings today showing the GeneXpert rapid diagnostic test for tuberculosis detected the disease among 67 percent of samples in which it had been missed by smear microscopy, the most common diagnostic tool in low-resource but high burden countries. While both tests require […]

US TB drug shortages highlight global gaps

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This is how small the world of infectious diseases can be, and how recent the distant past. The patient who ended up at Baltimore’s Health Department in April 2011 had been treated with apparent success for tuberculosis before, in Kenya, where he was from. But now, he had a strain of the disease that was […]

CDC report on U.S. TB drug shortage reflects local and global challenges

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With no medicine on hand, a father and his infant who have just been diagnosed with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis go untreated, the delay prolonging their recoveries as well as the time they will remain infectious. The delay adds to the risk that they will get sicker and resistant to more drugs, increases the odds that those […]

FDA TB drug approval a milestone, with caveats

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval of the first new drug to treat tuberculosis in nearly half a century and the agency’s first use of its accelerated approval process to speed availability of TB medicine comes with cautions, and with a direction of work yet to be done, agency officials and treatment advocates agree. […]