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-resistant tuberculosis cases are on the rise in Russia, India, the Philippines, and South Africa and expected to increase through 2040.
Additional strategies to prevent transmission will be necessary to stop multidrug-resistant or extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis in countries with a high burden of MDR tuberculosis.
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Recent News and Announcements
“The start of 2017 saw concern over a sharp increase in the rise of drug-resistant TB in South Africa. TB is killing millions each year. Last week, Médecins Sans Frontières published promising early data on the use of two new TB drugs, delamanid and bedaquiline, among patients living with drug-resistant TB in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. […]
“Preliminary results – released at the 48th Union Conference on Lung Health – from Stage 1 of the STREAM randomized clinical trial show that the nine-month treatment regimen being tested achieved favorable outcomes in almost 80 percent of those treated.The results suggest the nine-month regimen is very close to the effectiveness of the 20-24 month regimen […]
Article by Betsy McKay, published in the Wall Street Journal, 13 Oct 2017 7:00 A.M. ET New research released this week bolsters the case for more effective, less toxic and shorter treatment regimens for drug-resistant tuberculosis, offering hope for patients suffering from a disease that is notoriously difficult to treat. The three separate studies […]
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“Saint Louis University is leading a multi-national clinical trial of what could become a regimen for drug resistant tuberculosis that does not require injectable medications. The project is funded by a $6.4 million task order from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases , part of the National Institutes of Health. Saint Louis University, […]