FDA approves first new tuberculosis in 40 years

December 31, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration says it has approved a Johnson & Johnson tuberculosis drug that is the first new medicine to fight the deadly infection in more than four decades.

The agency approved J&J's pill, Sirturo, for use with other older drugs to fight hard-to-treat .

Sirturo is the first medicine specifically designed for treating multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis. That's an increasingly common form of the disease that cannot be treated with at least two of the four primary antibiotics used to treat tuberculosis.

The standard drugs used to fight the disease were developed in the 1950s and 1960s.

Roughly one-third of the world's population is estimated to be infected with the bacteria causing tuberculosis.

Explore further: Chinese ministry, WHO warn of antibiotic overuse

shares

Related Stories

Chinese ministry, WHO warn of antibiotic overuse

April 7, 2011

(AP) -- Drug-resistant forms of diseases such as tuberculosis are on the rise in China because of the overuse of antibiotics and urgent action is needed to reverse the problem, the Health Ministry and the World Health Organization ...

Drug-resistant TB blamed on Indian treatment flaws

March 23, 2012

(AP) -- India's inadequate government-run tuberculosis treatment programs and a lack of regulation of the sale of drugs that fight it are responsible for the spiraling number of drug-resistant cases that are difficult to ...

Recommended for you

Non-addictive painkiller shows promise in animal trials

August 30, 2016

(HealthDay)—Preliminary research in monkeys suggests that a new medication might be able to provide pain relief similar to opioid drugs such as OxyContin, but without the same potential for addiction or serious side effects.

Mylan launching cheaper, generic version of EpiPen

August 29, 2016

The maker of EpiPens will start selling a cheaper, generic version of the emergency allergy shots as the furor over repeated U.S. price hikes continues—and looming competition threatens its near-monopoly.

1 comment

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

tekram
not rated yet Dec 31, 2012
This looks similar to a quinolone drug such as cipro, but it is not. Discovered by Koen Andries and his team at Janssen Pharmaceutica, Bedaquiline was described for the first time in 2004.
Bedaquiline affects the proton pump for ATP synthase, which is unlike the quinolones, whose target is DNA gyrase.

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.