Navigation Links
Historic trial for tuberculosis launched together by leading drug companies

Two leading pharmaceutical companies, The Global Alliance for TB Drug Development (TB Alliance) and Bayer Healthcare have announced a partnership to coordinate the study to uncover the potential of an existing antibiotic, //Moxifloxacin, to shorten the standard 6-month treatment of tuberculosis (TB).

Mycobacterium tuberculosis infects one-third of the world's population, resulting in nine million new cases of active TB and two million deaths each year. Current TB therapy involves the use of four drugs discovered forty or more years ago and must be given for six to eight months, under the direct observation of a healthcare provider. A shorter protocol is believed to reduce side effects, improve patient adherence to therapy, and save lives.

The trial would examine the effects of substituting moxifloxacin for one of the standard TB drugs (ethambutol or isoniazid). It is hypothesized that the new drug would eliminate TB infection faster than the existing treatment. In vivo preclinical studies have already shown that the drug significantly reduces treatment time by two months. If the trials are successful, the partnership aims to register moxifloxacin for a TB indication and is committed to making it affordable and accessible in developing countries where there is an utmost needed. The trials would take place in Brazil, Canada, South Africa, Spain, Tanzania, Uganda, the United States and Zambia. Bayer will donate moxifloxacin for each trial site and will cover the costs of regulatory filings. The TB Alliance will coordinate and help cover the costs of the trials. "We are witnessing an historic moment in global health," said Dr. Maria C. Freire, President and CEO of the TB Alliance. "Today, we stand with Bayer, embarking on a major clinical trial program to see if this excellent antibiotic can shorten TB treatment by 2-3 months, which would significantly improve therapy."

"Bayer is committed to working with the TB Alliance to develop a sho rter TB therapy and we are proud to make a tangible contribution and to participate in the movement to achieve the Millennium Development Goal to reverse tuberculosis as a major global health pandemic by 2015." said Dr. Wolfgang Plischke, head of the pharmaceuticals division of Bayer HealthCare.

"This is an important step toward developing a new generation of TB treatments. We urgently need to improve upon current TB drugs, which were developed more than 40 years ago," said Dr. Helene Gayle, Director, HIV, TB and Reproductive Health at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. "By innovating with an existing product, Bayer and the TB Alliance could make an improved TB treatment available much faster than would otherwise be possible."
'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. World Health Organisation Takes a Historic Decision and Approves Treaty to Discourage Smoking
2. World Health Organisation Takes a Historic Decision and Approves Treaty to Discourage Smoking
3. World Health Organisation Takes a Historic Decision and Approves Treaty to Discourage Smoking
4. Number Of Babies Born Prematurely Nears Historic Half Million Mark In US
5. Historic Increase In Incidence Of Sexually Transmitted Diseases In Scotland
6. Black-Owned Hospital Receives Historical Commemorative Marker
7. Man against HIV – new vaccine ready for human trials
8. Male contraceptive in trial
9. How do patients benefit of clinical trials
10. Glenmark’s new molecule to go through trial
11. Clinical trials need to be more frank
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:7/21/2017)... ... 21, 2017 , ... West Dermatology is pleased to announce the newest addition ... 2017, Ms. Vu will join West Dermatology’s large network of medical and cosmetic dermatology ... cancer , and more. She graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine ...
(Date:7/20/2017)... ... July 20, 2017 , ... TransPixel Volume 2 is a set ... the FCPX timeline. This effect isolates horizontal and vertical lines of pixels and sorts ... a rotating or flipping animation and can be changed using a drop-down menu. Create ...
(Date:7/20/2017)... ... July 20, 2017 , ... Coats Rose, P.C. , ... announce their expansion to the Midwest with the establishment of the firm’s new ... Bell, and of counsels, John Peck and Robert Bruns, will establish and anchor ...
(Date:7/20/2017)... ... July 20, 2017 , ... Doctors on Liens, the leading network of ... Chiropractic , directed by Dr. Russell Horine, DC to their exclusive list of medical ... Dr. Russell Horine serving as the clinic director and his son Dr. Lee Horine ...
(Date:7/20/2017)... ... 2017 , ... The Dermatology Clinic announced today the addition of Dr. Scott ... from LSU, graduating summa cum laude. He attended Emory University School of Medicine in ... Louis, Dr. Dunbar moved to New York to complete an AGCME-accredited Mohs surgery fellowship ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:7/5/2017)... July 5, 2017 Pace Analytical, a company of over 2,000 employees ... they have acquired ESC Lab Sciences, further solidifying their position as the top ... . ... President and CEO of Pace Analytical ... Sciences out of Mt Juliet, TN , enhances Pace Analytical,s ...
(Date:6/30/2017)... June 30, 2017 In vitro diagnostics market ... of May, at least ten diagnostic companies have successfully ... public offerings and a loan facility.  The size of ... $80 million.  Kalorama Information provides a monthly IVD ... Diagnostics Knowledge Center. ...
(Date:6/27/2017)... June 27, 2017  Therapix Biosciences Ltd. (Nasdaq: ... specializing in the development of cannabinoid-based drugs, today announced ... Opening Bell in New York, NY ... its initial public offering (IPO) of American Depository Shares ... 2017. Dr. Elran Haber, Ph.D., Chief Executive ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: