Tackling TB

On the day when UK Finance minsister Gordon Brown and Bill Gates announce a “Global Plan to Stop Tuberculosis” news comes in from South Africa about efforts to devlop a nanoparticle- based drug-delivery system for anti-TB drugs. The key issue with many TB treatments is that they must be taken regularly over a long period to be effective, and non compliance by patients is often a major problem limiting their use.

In the longer term, the project aims to investigate delivery of antiretrovirals for HIV/Aids patients as well as anti-malarial drugs using the same technology.

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