South Africa’s department of health on Monday became the first one in the world to announce rolling out a new and much more tolerable drug to fight multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB). South Africa was the first to take this “positive step” towards making sure nobody would be denied access to the most suitable drug.
Up until now‚ injectables have been used – but they are notorious for their vicious side effects. It was announced that the new drug‚ bedaquiline‚ would replace current treatment regimens for adolescents and adults‚ from the start of their treatment. The new drug had been rolled out in small pockets across the country‚ but this scale-up is likely to reduce the burden of the disease exponentially.