Tuberculosis: Current Treatment, Diagnostics, and Newer Antitubercular Agents in Clinical Trials

Author(s): Mohamed Jawed Ahsan, Mohammad Yousuf Ansari, Sabina Yasmin, Surender Singh Jadav, Pradeep Kumar, Shiv Kumar Garg, Ajay Aseri, Habibullah Khalilullah

Journal Name: Infectious Disorders - Drug Targets
Formerly Current Drug Targets - Infectious Disorders

Volume 15 , Issue 1 , 2015

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Tuberculosis (TB), a dreadful disease is one of the most important health problems worldwide, and is responsible for approximately 1.3 million death tolls in 2012. DOTS is the currently used drug therapy in TB and the long term drug regimens and patients’ poor compliance lead to emergence of multidrug resistant (MDR) and extensively drug resistant (XDR) TB, which invigorates the research efforts to address the urgent need for the quick diagnosis and for newer antitubercular agents and vaccines to completely eradicate TB. Today we have at least 20 new diagnostic test platforms, 14 TB vaccine candidates in clinical trials and over 35 candidates in preclinical development, and among the antitubercular agents under clinical investigation, 4 anti-TB agents are in Phase III (efficacy) trials and 7 anti-TB agents are in Phase II, early bactericidal activity and sputum culture conversion trials (rifapentine is in a Phase II and a Phase III trial), 5 anti-TB agents in preclinical development and 3 anti-TB agents in Good Laboratory Practice toxicity evaluation. Recently US FDA has approved TMC207 as a part of combination therapy to treat adults with MDR pulmonary TB in the absence of other alternatives. We provide here the concise review on the chemical entities currently in the clinical trials, the new vaccines in the developmental pipeline, and the new diagnostic test.

Keywords: Antitubercular agents, review, tuberculosis, tubercular vaccines, tuberculosis diagnosis.

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Year: 2015
Page: [32 - 41]
Pages: 10
DOI: 10.2174/1871526514666140923153329

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