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Nearly nine million people will develop tuberculosis (TB) in the world this year; at least 500,000 of these cases will have multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB). Some will receive treatment. However, we know little about the best ways of treating drug-resistant TB (DR-TB) and preventing tuberculosis in people who come in contact with DR-TB patients. Lacking a strong scientific basis in prescribing treatment regimens, existing TB treatments are often ineffective. TB control efforts require new evidence-based knowledge about optimal treatment regimens, prophylaxis, and, possibly, regimens involving new TB drugs, in order to address the growing health threats of MDR-TB and extensively drug-resistant (XDR) TB.

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Update on AZD-5847 at the Union

World Conference on Lung Health

 

An update on AZD-5847 was presented at the Union World Conference on Lung Health in Cape Town, South Africa on Saturday, December 5th. In this EBA study, 4 doses of AZD-5847 were studied: 500 mg QD, 500 mg BID, 800 mg BID and 1200 mg QD. 15 patients were enrolled per arm; patients were HIV-uninfected or HIV-infected with CD4 count >350. Minimal antituberculosis activity was seen in the 500 mg BID dose and 800mg BID dose arms. Drug absorption was confirmed by PK studies, which suggested that BID dosing was more likely to be effective than QD dosing. Two Grade 4 adverse events occurred in the 800 mg BID arm, one case of hepatitis and one case of thrombocytopenia/anemia. The investigators concluded that the drug was minimally effective in EBA at the BID doses.

AZD-5847 was minimally effective at the doses studied, but study of higher doses is likely not warranted, given the toxicity that occurred with the doses studied here. AZD-5847 appears to have a toxicity profile similar to linezolid. Therefore, AZD-5847 does not appear to be a promising candidate to replace linezolid in treatment of drug-resistant TB.

Early bactericidal activity of azd5847 in pulmonary tuberculosis – Jennifer J. Furin, Jeannine Du Bois, Elana van Brakel, Phalkun Chheng, Amour Venter, Charles A. Peloquin, Bonnie Thiel, Sara M. Debanne, W. Henry Boom, Andreas H. Diacon, John L. Johnson (USA / South Africa) (link to conference listing)

 

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