The last few years have seen unprecedented progress in shortening the treatment for both drug-sensitive and drug-resistant tuberculosis. Several new drugs and regimens have been discovered (or repurposed) for improved treatment, but they roll out without companion diagnostic tools, which may jeopardize the efficacy of these regimens in the long run. There are still many unanswered questions that have not been adequately addressed and weak evidence to support them.
The webinar aims to create an open space for discussion on the progress of shorter treatment regimes for TB, whilst providing a space for reflection on the current evidence gap, as well as the future possibilities in this field.
- New Drugs and Regimens for Improved TB treatment;
- Pros and Cons of Waiting for Diagnostic Tools;
- Global access of new regimens and drugs can save lives;
- Risk of generating added resistance from inadequate regimens;
- Need for molecular tools for comprehensive testing for drug resistance surveillance;
- Gaps in Evidence.
Webinar will be divided into 2 parts (of approximately 30 mins. each):
- For the first 30 minutes, the speakers Daniela Cirillo and Richard Menzies will debate the pros and cons of rolling out new drugs and treatment regimens for TB without diagnostic capacities.
- The second half of the webinar will be filled with an open discussion, moderated by Raquel Duarte and Cristoph Lange, giving the opportunity to the participants of sharing perspectives on the topics presented and/or posing questions to the speaker.
Following this webinar, participants will be able to:
- Understand the risks associated with the implementation of new drugs and regimens in TB treatment without these being accompanied by diagnostic tools.
- Comprehend the need for the implementation of new, more effective and safer drugs and regimens at a global level.
- Evaluate the evidence underpinning the shortening of TB treatment.
- Describe the gaps in the evidence and remaining questions regarding further shortening of TB treatment.
An application for accreditation of this webinar has been made to the European Board for Accreditation in Pneumology (EBAP) for 1 CME credit per 1-hour attendance. If accredited, the CME credit will be granted upon attendance of at least 60 minutes during the live webinar only.
What is a webinar?
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UNITE4TB is a public-private partnership with representation from academic institutions, small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), public organisations, and pharmaceutical companies. The 7-year, €185 million project aims to accelerate and improve the clinical evaluation of combinations of existing and novel drugs, with the goal of developing new and highly active Tuberculosis (TB) treatment regimens for drug-resistant and -sensitive TB. For more information, visit the consortium website: www.unite4TB.org
The UNITE4TB project has received funding from the Innovative Medicines Initiative 2 Joint Undertaking (JU) under grant agreement No 101007873. The JU receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and EFPIA, Deutsches Zentrum für Infektionsforschung e. V. (DZIF), and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU). EFPIA/AP contribute to 50% of funding, whereas the contribution of DZIF and the LMU University Hospital Munich has been granted by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. For further information: www.imi.europa.eu
This communication reflects the author’s view. Neither IMI nor the European Union, EFPIA, or any Associated Partners are responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained herein.
Diseases / methods
- Respiratory infections
- Respiratory critical care
- Healthcare professionals
- Decision makers
- Policy makers
- TB community