South Africa has one of the highest TB disease rates in the world, and, despite it being curable, TB is the country’s top killer.
Bedaquiline is used to treat multidrug resistant (MDR) TB, a type of TB for which standard treatment doesn’t work. The drug, which is mostly used in combination with other medicines, has to be taken for six months and is considered a game changer because it has replaced treatment – up to two years of long, painful injections with serious side-effects such as hearing loss – with lower cure and higher death rates.
Read the full article by Mia Malan at Daily Maverick.
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