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New tuberculosis drug trial begins in South Africa
Date:12/11/2012

ve bacteria and mycobacteria; they work by stopping the creation of proteins that are essential to bacteria's survival. AZD5847 is active in culture against a broad array of drug-sensitive and drug-resistant strains of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which causes TB.

"AZD5847 is one part of AstraZeneca's ongoing commitment to conducting research and collaborating across industry, academia, and government to develop novel treatments for TB and help stop the spread of the disease," said Manos Perros, head of the AstraZeneca Infection Innovative Medicines Unit. "AstraZeneca's intent is to work with partners to test the contribution of AZD5847 in Phase 2b trials as part of one or more next-generation combination therapies."

Combating TB is one of the United Nations' Millennium Development goals . The most recent TB drugs were introduced in the 1960s. Since then, some strains have developed resistance to those medications. Drug-resistant TB requires up to two years of treatment with more expensive second-line drugs that have more side effects. Many patients with drug-resistant TB go untreated in endemic countries due to a lack of medical resources. The World Health Organization estimates that 220,000 to 400,000 multi-drug resistant TB cases occurred among TB cases in 2011. About 60 percent of these cases were reported in Brazil, China, India, the Russian Federation and South Africa.


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