ACTIVISTS URGE NATIONAL TB PROGRAMS AND TREATMENT PROVIDERS TO DISCONTINUE USE OF HARMFUL INJECTABLE AGENTS IN TB TREATMENT

Activists from around the world called on National TB Programs to discontinue routine use of harmful injectable agents in treatment regimens for drug-resistant tuberculosis, in favor of newer, safer World Health Organization (WHO)-recommended treatments. Second-line injectable agents (kanamycin, capreomycin, and amikacin)—previously considered essential medicines for the treatment of multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB)—have poor efficacy against TB and high toxicity, including irreversible hearing loss. Giving these medicines to people with MDR-TB exposes them to unnecessary pain and risk of disability—in the case of kanamycin and capreomycin, without any benefit.

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