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2014-03-20 12:33:41

Thousands receive treatment prior to coming to the United States ATLANTA, March 20, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Updated CDC recommendations for overseas tuberculosis (TB) screening of immigrants and refugees have identified hundreds of cases that otherwise would have gone undetected until after arrival in the United States, saving taxpayers an additional $15 million in medical costs. In 2012, the most recent year for which data are available, overseas physicians identified more...

2013-09-09 08:46:15

Virtual observation of patients taking their prescribed TB medication, could prove an effective technique for ensuring patients effectively complete their course of treatment. The research will be presented today (8 September 2013) at the European Respiratory Society (ERS) Annual Congress. The new study suggests an alternative method to directly observed treatment (DOT), which is recommended by the World Health Organization. Directly observing treatments is often time consuming for a...

2013-08-15 12:33:44

University of California, San Diego and Verizon Foundation Expand New TB Therapy System to Improve Patient Adherence, Prevent Drug Resistance, Reduce Treatment Costs SAN DIEGO, Aug. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Tuberculosis patients now have a less-intrusive treatment program that will improve the likelihood that they will take all their critical medications, thanks to an innovative, locally developed treatment-adherence monitoring system that uses mobile-health technology. Creation of...

2013-08-12 16:25:49

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The University of California San Diego and the Verizon Foundation will demonstrate a new therapy system designed to ensure that tuberculosis patients follow their treatment regimen on Thursday (Aug. 15) at the university's main campus. The program, Video Directly Observed Therapy (VDOT), enables patients to record their daily treatments on smartphones and send them to health departments, which can monitor them remotely. The program was...

2013-07-02 11:06:13

People with tuberculosis (TB) in China often delay going to see a doctor for more than two weeks, finds research in BioMed Central's open access journal BMC Medicine. Reasons for this include a poor understanding of TB, increasing costs of treatment not covered by health insurance, and using traditional approaches first. Even after going to a clinic there were still delays in treatment, especially in rural areas, due to a lack of qualified medical staff. Worldwide TB remains a leading...

2013-06-17 08:29:45

RARITAN, N.J., June 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Janssen Research & Development, LLC (Janssen) today welcomes the World Health Organization (WHO) interim policy guidance on the use of bedaquiline (trade name SIRTURO(TM) in the U.S.) in the treatment of pulmonary multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) as part of combination therapy in adults. The guidance culminates a rigorous review process by internal and external TB experts convened by the WHO and drew upon available Phase 2 safety and...

2012-12-31 08:21:49

TITUSVILLE, N.J., Dec. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Janssen Therapeutics, Division of Janssen Products, LP, today announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted accelerated approval to SIRTURO(TM) (bedaquiline) Tablets for the treatment of pulmonary multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) as part of combination therapy in adults. The accelerated approval is based on the surrogate endpoint of time to sputum culture conversion. "SIRTURO(TM) was first discovered in our...

2012-08-30 22:20:50

BEERSE, Belgium, August 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Janssen-Cilag International NV (Janssen) today announced it has submitted a Marketing Authorisation Application to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) seeking conditional approval for the use of the investigational drug bedaquiline (TMC207) as an oral treatment, to be used as part of combination therapy for pulmonary, multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in adults. If approved, bedaquiline (Ba-DA-qui-lin) could be one of the...

2012-08-24 23:03:37

Global NGO's Program to Improve Health of Ukrainians Through TB Testing And Other Measures to Prevent Rapid Increase of the Disease in Ukraine - Fifth Largest TB Burden Country In the World. Millwood, VA (PRWEB) August 23, 2012 Project HOPE, a global health education and humanitarian assistance organization, has received $4.7 million from USAID to strengthen the tuberculosis (TB) infection control program in Ukraine. The five-year program will be implemented with Chemonics. The program...