The Courier-Mail

Funds aid child TB drug


AUS­TRALIAN aid money has helped de­velop child-friendly tu­ber­cu­lo­sis drugs.

New York-based Tu­ber­cu­lo­sis Al­liance spokes­woman Cherise Scott is in Syd­ney for a ma­jor con­fer­ence on the dis­ease and said the drugs would be on the mar­ket early next year. She said chil­dren with TB would no longer have to take crushed tablets in­tended for adults, mean­ing they would re­ceive the proper dose.

The move will par­tic­u­larly ben­e­fit chil­dren in Pa­pua New Guinea, Pa­cific is­lands and In­done­sia where TB rates are among the high­est in the world.

Dr Scott praised Aus­tralia’s lead­er­ship in the fight against TB but warned it could do more and should help fund a new drug trial.

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