Category Archives: Research and Development

TB drug trial yields gains in drug-resistant disease treatment

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A study following patients who had  participated in a trial of a potential new treatment for drug-resistant tuberculosis has shown heartening results, with nearly three-quarters of patients who took the medicine for six months or longer showing “favorable outcomes”  — cured  or completed treatment —  according to a study published in the European Respiratory Journal. […]

Collaboration seeks to speed new TB treatments

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About half a century has passed since a new tuberculosis drug was put to use, and in that time the challenges to successful treatment of the disease have only grown, with bacteria adapting faster to conditions that allowed it to flourish than science and funding for research. Morphing into forms that require from months to […]

Drug maker seeks approval for use against multidrug-resistant tuberculosis

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Makers of an investigational tuberculosis drug that has been urged for “compassionate use” approval in South Africa have applied to the European Medicines Agency to market the medicine as part of a combination therapy for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis. “If approved, bedaquiline could be one of the first drugs with a new mechanism of action for tuberculosis […]

UNITAID seeks innovative HIV, TB and malaria proposals

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UNITAID is inviting letters of intent (LOI), or short conceptual presentations of a proposed project, on the topic of improving access to key preventive, diagnostic and treatment commodities for HIV, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria through market-based approaches.  UNITAID works to negotiate low pricing for diagnostics and medication for AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in developing countries […]

The latest in tuberculosis diagnostics

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Steve Lawn, from the University of Cape Town in South Africa, began his talk on diagnostics for HIV associated tuberculosis (TB) by reminding the audience of the enormous burden of TB in his country where one percent of the population develops TB disease each year. He gave his presentation to an audience at the 49th […]