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European Commission authorises new treatment for drug-resistant tuberculosis

Dr. Mel Spigelman

Pretomanid, a novel compound developed by the non-profit organisation, TB Alliance, has been granted a conditional marketing authorisation by the European Commission (EC) for treating highly drug-resistant forms of pulmonary tuberculosis (TB). Dr. Mel Spigelman, President and C.E.O., TB Alliance The new drug was authorised as part of a three-drug, six month, all-oral regimen for the treatment of adults with ...

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Nigeria receives $890m to tackle HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria

Dr. Osagie Ehanire

Nigeria has received $890 million grant from Global Fund to reduce the burden of HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria over an implementation period of three years, beginning from 2021 to 2023. Dr. Osagie Ehanire, Health Minister Dr Osagie Ehanire, Minister of Health, announced the receipt of the grant at a news conference on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 in Abuja. The Global ...

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Covid-19 will cause 1.4m more TB deaths by 2025, says report

A new report says that the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic is having unintended yet drastic consequences on tuberculosis (TB) services, with lockdowns and limitations on diagnosis, treatment and prevention services expected to increase the annual number of TB cases and deaths over the next five years; at least five years of progress on TB response will be lost. ...

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Fresh concern over drug-resistant tuberculosis

TB Alliance and the broader TB community are asking the World Health Organisation (WHO) to add Mycobacterium tuberculosis to the critical group within the list of drug-resistant bacteria identified as urgent priorities for research and development. “The absence of TB from this list is shocking,” said Mel Spigelman, President and CEO of TB Alliance. “The effort to develop new drugs to cure TB has ...

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Buhari urged to make tuberculosis control a priority


Stakeholders working to reduce the burden of Tuberculosis under The Global Fund to Fight AIDS TB and Malaria grant to Nigeria have called on Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, the president-elect, to make TB control a priority when he assumes office as president. The call was made at the end of Quarter 1 2015 TB Grant Project Implementation review meeting held in ...

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TB drug candidate advanced into clinical testing

A TB patient

TBA-354 is the first potential tuberculosis drug to advance to Phase 1 trial in six years The Global Alliance for TB Drug Development (TB Alliance) has announced the start of the first human trial of a new tuberculosis (TB) drug candidate, designated TBA-354. It is the first new TB drug candidate to begin a Phase 1 clinical trial since 2009. “There ...

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