An Activist's Guide to Tuberculosis Drugs 1

Treatment Action Group (TAG), an independent HIV/AIDS and TB research and policy think tank, have released an incredibly useful guide to TB drugs. You can access the guide here in order to find out about TB drugs, what they are used for, their side effects, whether they are in use and what the prospects are for their use in the future.

As TAG themselves say, TB treatment must be shorter, simpler, less toxic, and more tolerable and affordable. Activists can contribute to the development and uptake of improved TB treatment by calling attention to research, quality of medications, and access priorities. This guide provides a brief summary of safety and efficacy data for those drugs currently in use for TB (many of which have been approved for other diseases but are used off-label for TB), and suggests advocacy points for activists.