Researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have shown that heart medication, Verapamil administered in combination with Bedaquline lowers the toxicity of the TB drug without altering its efficacy.
Scientists at Janssen Pharmaceutica have characterized a novel resistance mechanism to Bedaquiline (BDQ), a second line antibiotic for the treatment of MDR-TB.
The European Commission has approved delaminid (Deltyba) for use in patients suffering from MDR-TB.
TB Alliance announces STAND, a Phase 3 Clinical Trial aimed at shortening the duration of treatment for drug-sensitive and MDR-TB.
Researchers at EPFL and the Bach Institute in Moscow have discovered an antibiotic effective against sensitive and MDR-tuberculosis. With support from EPFL, the researchers have created Innovative Medicines for Tuberculosis (iM4TB), an organization to help usher the new antibiotic to market.
The European Medicines Agency has recently approved Sirturo for conditional use in the European Union. A link to the press release is included.
This week we highlight a study by Richard E. Lee et al showing that semisynthetic antibiotic, spectinamides, is effective against drug sensitive and resistant tuberculosis. Additional links related to this study and general TB R&D are included.
A European Union panel has recommended regulatory approval of a tuberculosis drug that would become only the second major new antibiotic against the deadly disease in more than 40 years.
This is the eighteenth global report on tuberculosis (TB) published by WHO in a series that started in 1997. It provides a comprehensive and up-to-date assessment of the TB epidemic and progress made to date. Additional links to news coverage of the report are included
The Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) failed to recommend marketing approval for delamanid, a new drug in development for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB). A letter from the Treatment Action Group criticizing this decision is included.