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Pretamonid: The new ‘wonder drug’ that may help cure the deadliest strain of tuberculosis


A new compound developed for use with other two drugs to treat the deadliest strain of tuberculosis (TB) has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.

  • The antibiotic, called pretamonid, was developed by TB Alliance as part of a three-drug regimen
  • Pretomanid in combination with bedaquiline and linezolid has been shown to treat extensively drug-resistant TB and other resistant forms of the disease
  • Tuberculosis, a contagious infection that usually attacks the lungs, claims 1.6 million people worldwide every year

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