Expanding New Drugs for TB (endTB)
Posted on May 20, 2015
"endTB" is an innovative project using new tuberculosis (TB) drugs implemented by the international organizations Partners In Health (PIH) Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), Interactive Research and Development (IRD), and funded by UNITAID with a four-year, 60.4 million USD grant. This project aims to produce concrete results in the form of more effective and better-tolerated regimens for MDR-TB that will in turn lead to greater access.
For the first time in over 40 years, two new anti-TB drugs (bedaquiline and delamanid) have been developed. While the WHO has produced interim policy recommendations on their clinical use, very few patients have received these new drugs as part of national TB treatment programs. The endTB Project will provide these two new drugs in a closely monitored multi-country cohort of 2,600 patients in 15 countries. The endTB Project will also implement a clinical trial among 600 additional patients to identify novel treatment regimens that are shorter and less toxic than current MDR-TB treatment regimens. Through these activities, the end TB project will:
1) Generate evidence of safety and efficacy of new TB drugs.
2) Accelerate uptake of new TB drugs and novel MDR-TB regimens.
3) Facilitate change in evidence-based WHO recommendations.
All endTB patients will benefit from a strong pharmacovigilance system and will be actively monitored for potential adverse events through a regular schedule of clinical evaluations and laboratory monitoring tests that is consistent with WHO recommendations.