The Courier-Mail

Funds aid child TB drug

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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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