11 November 2013

A former XDR-TB patient, Phumeza Tisile has expressed concern at the limited access to linezolid in South Africa… Linezolid is an old antibiotic that can be used to fight TB… Tisile who has just returned from the Union World Conference on Lung health in Paris said only a handful of patients across the country are receiving treatment as a result of the high price… She made a  plea to the South African government to amend the country’s patent laws in order for generics to make it to the market… Tisile said she was fortunate to receive the drug because her treatment was supported by the humanitarian organisation Doctors Without Borders, which was able to cover the high cost.

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