BD and FIND Achieve Milestone in Global Battle Against MDR-TB
Price reductions for liquid culture tests will accelerate access to improved TB diagnostics
The agreement lowers the cost of BD MGIT(TM) reagents. BD’s TB diagnostic technologies utilize liquid culture, a key “standard of care” TB testing protocol that provides results far faster than traditional, solid media culture. The liquid culture test, widely used in modern research settings, is particularly effective for stemming the spread of multi-drug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) and extensively drug-resistant TB (XDR-TB) in developing countries.
“By collaborating with such leading global health organizations as FIND, BD’s Global Health initiative implements diagnostic programs that help strengthen healthcare infrastructures in developing countries,” said
The price reduction — announced five months earlier than anticipated — arises from a
“We are very happy about this price reduction for a needed assay to better and more rapidly detect MDR-TB and XDR-TB. These results are also a direct outcome of a fruitful collaboration with public and private partners such as UNITAID and BD,” said Dr.
“With financial support from UNITAID, state-of-the-art technologies to diagnose MDR-TB are being introduced in low-income countries for the first time by FIND, GLI and GDF,” said
Under the terms of the agreement, the reagents will now be discounted 80%. Slight price variations will occur for end users because of shipping costs, tariffs, fees and other local costs that vary from country to country. The agreement provides for potential added discounts as test tube volume expands.
BD and FIND said they were able to accelerate the program with the help of financial support from a consortium consisting of UNITAID, the Global Laboratory Initiative and Global Drug Facility, along with FIND itself.
Over the next four years it is expected that partners GDF, GLI and FIND will provide equipment, reagents and technical expertise in identified countries for modernizing and expanding TB laboratory diagnostic capacity.
FIND and BD had announced the initial pricing agreement in
BD and FIND announced the price reduction today at the Pacific Health Summit, which is held annually in
FIND, based in
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