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Additional Resources Needed To Stave Off TB Resurgence

The release of new data by the CDC “showing that the number of people contracting tuberculosis in the U.S. has been declining for 20 years … should be good news,” but “as a physician and adviser working to control TB for more than 40 years, I’m more concerned than ever before about our…

Lancet Series Examines Tuberculosis

“To commemorate World TB Day 2013, the Lancet Infectious Diseases publishes a series of papers on tuberculosis, a disease that has long plagued human beings and was declared a global emergency in 1993 by WHO,” the series homepage states. “Without concerted action from political leaders, health policymakers, funders, and others, health…

New York Times Examines Emergence Of XDR-TB In Australia, PNG

“Australia’s first death from XDR-TB — extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis, which is nearly incurable — has alarmed health officials and added new heat to a debate over how to treat immigrants with dangerous diseases,” the New York Times reports. “A long string of small Australian islands — bits of what was…

Integration Of TB/HIV Services Necessary To Beat ‘Twin Epidemics’

Swaziland “is struggling to overcome twin epidemics of HIV and tuberculosis (TB),” UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé writes in the Huffington Post “Healthy Living” blog. “Here in Swaziland, more than three-quarters of TB patients are also living with HIV, and TB is the leading cause of death among people with…

Regional Meeting To Scale Up Collaborative TB/HIV Activities Begins In Maputo

“The regional meeting to scale up collaborative TB/HIV activities in Africa kicked off in Maputo last week with presentations scheduled for 14 African country representatives to share progress and challenges in confronting TB/HIV co-infection in the most highly impacted region of the world,” the Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science…

Wall Street Journal Looks At European Efforts To Fight TB

The Wall Street Journal examines efforts to fight tuberculosis (TB) in Europe, writing, “All along the edges of Western Europe, new and hard-to-defeat strains of tuberculosis are gaining a foothold, often moving beyond traditional victims — alcoholics, drug users, HIV patients — and into the wider population.” The article focuses on the efforts of Estonia to turn the tide against multidrug-resistant TB, saying the country’s success “offers one of the few bright spots globally as the ancient plague mutates into new and more deadly forms.” The newspaper continues, “Indeed, experts say the country, with half the population of Chicago, could be a model for others. But there is one catch: It takes years and some pricey treatments just to gain the upper hand” (Naik, 12/31).

Reflecting On FDA Approval Of New TB Drug

Noting “[t]he U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced that it has approved a new treatment for multidrug-resistant [tuberculosis (TB)] that can be used as an alternative when other drugs fail,” Kim Lufkin, communications officer at the Global Health Technologies Coalition (GHTC), writes in the coalition’s “Breakthroughs” blog, “There is a pressing and urgent need for even more new TB drugs, which makes this new FDA approval so significant.” She continues, “It is also noteworthy that the FDA approved Sirturo under its accelerated approval program, in addition to granting the drug fast track, priority review, and orphan-product status,” adding, “It’s critical that the FDA continues to support its priority review, fast track, and similar programs, which can help speed access to safe and effective global health drugs” (1/3).

Survey Finds Shortage Of TB Medicines In U.S.; Consequences Similar To Lack Of Access In Developing Countries, Advocate Says

“More than 80 percent of health departments in the United States that treat tuberculosis [TB] resistant to standard treatment have trouble obtaining the drugs they need to cure the disease, according to a national survey released on Thursday,”Reuters reports. “Difficulties obtaining the drugs could be attributed to nationwide shortages, shipping delays…

Experts Meet To Discuss U.S., Global TB Drug Shortages

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog reports on a meeting held last week “to discuss the problem of U.S. and global tuberculosis [TB] drug shortages,” writing, “While the meeting was prompted by the impact of drug shortages on budget-decimated [U.S.] state and city tuberculosis programs and their…

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