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US approves treatment for drug-resistant TB

Doctors get tougher on drug-resistant Tuberculosis with first new treatment registered in 40 years.
Last Modified: 03 Jan 2013 08:52

Tuberculosis has developed a growing resistance to the antibiotics used to combat it, and with fatal consequences

Regulators in the United States have now approved a drug that can treat a drug-resistant strain of TB.

It is the first new medication against TB to be registered for more than 40 years.

Despite long-lasting side effects, it may be the lesser of two evils for people diagnosed with a potentially lethal form of TB. 

Al Jazeera's Dominic Kane reports.

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