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Doctors Face Challenges In Treating Drug-Resistant TB Among Children

NPR’s “Shots” blog and “All Things Considered” on Tuesday reported on the challenges of treating children with tuberculosis (TB), particularly drug-resistant TB, a “growing epidemic.” TB drugs are not designed for children, which “means they aren’t packaged in smaller doses, and may not even have been tested for child-specific effectiveness or side effects,” the blog notes, quoting Christoph Hoehn, the acting country director for Médecins Sans Frontières in Tajikistan, who with colleagues has “been running a pilot project in Tajikistan since 2011 to treat children with drug-resistant TB.” The blog profiles the doctors’ efforts and the stories of several young TB patients (Beaubien, 7/2).