Health ministry approves new tuberculosis drug

“New Delhi: Perturbed by the increasing number of multi-drug resistant (MDR) and extensive drug resistant (XDR) tuberculosis cases in India, the health ministry has approved the use of a new drug in the treatment of such cases.
The technical group on tuberculosis in the ministry of health has given approval to Delamanid, which is in its phase 3 clinical trials.

“We are losing a lot of patients to XDR and MDR tuberculosis. We need more than one drug for treating patients in the backdrop of increasing drug resistance in patients. Delmanid proved to be a good alternative. We will initially conduct a trial with this drug on over 400 patients in a controlled manner,” said Jagdish Prasad, director general of health services in the ministry.

“Currently, around 50% of patients don’t respond to tuberculosis treatment. Delamanid has proved effective in many clinical trials in South Africa and Japan. Taking a cue from this, we are expecting that over 70-80% patients will respond to tuberculosis treatment,” he said.”

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