A movement to promote and conduct research on the treatment and prevention of drug-resistant tuberculosis, with a commitment to address the substantial existing gaps in our knowledge and to help provide access to an effective cure and prophylaxis of drug-resistant tuberculosis throughout the world.
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.
Drug to Treat MDR-TB to be
Made Available Across India
New Delhi, Apr 11: The Centre has decided to expand the availability of Bedaquiline, a drug used for treatment of drug-resistant tuberculosis, across the country.
Union Health Minister J P Nadda said that under the revised National TB Control Programme (RNTCP) in India, the drug is currently available in five cities – Ahmedabad, Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai and Guwahati.
“Based on the limited use of the drug in these five states and cities, it has been decided to expand the availability in rest of the country. Country-wide training is being carried out to build capacity of other states, and the states are also being prepared to monitor the treatment of patients with Bedaquiline containing regimen,” Nadda said.
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