27 November 2013

Development of new TB drugs is painfully slow, and one of the more promising drugs to emerge recently is extremely expensive... The drug is called linezolid and it is patented by the multinational pharmaceutical company Pfizer... One pill costs R676 per day... Phumeza Tisile had drug-resistant TB... She is the first patient cured on a South African programme run by the Nobel Peace Prize winning medical organisation Doctors Without Borders (MSF) that uses linezolid.

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