Shorter treatment period for TB using heavy doses of same drugs

A patient at a TB clinic. Patients with drug-resistant tuberculosis can now breathe a sigh of relief following the government’s adoption of a shorter treatment period. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Whereas the timeline has reduced by half, the cocktail of drugs has not.
  • According to TB experts, the drugs can achieve the same cure rate whether taken for two years or nine months.
  • The shorter treatment will be administered only to newly enrolled patients and not those who have been on the old model.

Patients with drug-resistant tuberculosis can now breathe a sigh of relief following the government’s adoption of a shorter treatment period.

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