TB advocates

Time to lower the price of Xpert cartridges to US$ 5

Advocates request Cepheid immediately reduce the price of Xpert tests to US$ 5, inclusive of service and maintenance; the company responds they are “not able to predict the amount of further reductions or when they may be available.”

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FDA approves pretomanid for highly drug-resistant forms of TB

Pretomanid receives FDA approval in combination regimen with bedaquiline and linezolid for people with XDR-TB or treatment-intolerant/non-responsive MDR-TB.

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Transparency and access to pretomanid and the Nix-TB regimen

Advocates request responsible investment in pretomanid promoting transparency and equitable access.

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Activists demand Johnson & Johnson drop the price of bedaquiline

Activists storm the corporate stall of Janssen Pharmaceuticals (a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson) at the 9th South African AIDS Conference.

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Advocates call on TB Alliance to make public the pretomanid licensing agreement with Mylan

Advocates request full access to the terms of the agreement granting Mylan the rights to commercialize pretomanid.

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FDA Antimicrobial Drugs Advisory Committee recommends approval of pretomanid

Investigational drug pretomanid is under regulatory review by FDA for treatment of XDR-TB and treatment-intolerant or non-responsive MDR-TB as part of a new investigational regimen.

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Ad-hoc donations of bedaquiline threaten sustainable, affordable access for patients

Advocates call on Indian Minister of Health to discontinue and phase out the drug donations of bedaquiline offered by Johnson & Johnson.

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Advocates call on Indian government to improve its response to drug-resistant TB

Advocates call for minimizing the use of injectable agents and scaling up universal drug susceptibility testing.

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Advocates call on Kenyan government to immediately address dangerous stock out of diagnostic tests for TB

Advocates call for removal of regulatory barriers, which contributed to the ongoing national stock out of GeneXpert MTB/RIF cartridges.

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Advocates call on Indian Minister of Health to introduce injection-free drug-resistant TB treatment regimen

Advocates request that bedaquiline become part of the standard treatment regimen for drug-resistant TB in India.

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