Developing countries hit with high price for important new tuberculosis drug

International medical humanitarian organisationMédecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has expressed great concern at the high price announced for the new tuberculosis (TB) drug delamanid. Japanese pharmaceutical company Otsuka said that it would make delamanid available to some developing countries at a price of US$1,700 per treatment course. Delamanid is one of only two new drugs to treat TB to become available in the last half a century, and is effective against the deadliest strains of tuberculosis that are resistant to many of the other drugs used to treat TB, including multidrug-resistant and extensively drug-resistant TB. It is estimated that up to two thirds of the nearly half a million people who acquire drug-resistant TB each year could benefit from delamanid; however, in the two years since the drug was approved, only 180 people have received this new treatment.
Source : www.medicalnewstoday.com      2016/3/6 08:51

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