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Lancet. 2004 Feb 7;363(9407):474-81.

Programmes and principles in treatment of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis.

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  • 1Brigham and Women's Hospital, Division of Social Medicine and Health Inequalities, Boston, MA, USA. jmukherjee@pih.org

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Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) presents an increasing threat to global tuberculosis control. Many crucial management issues in MDR-TB treatment remain unanswered. We reviewed the existing scientific research on MDR-TB treatment, which consists entirely of retrospective cohort studies. Although direct comparisons of these studies are impossible, some insights can be gained: MDR-TB can and should be addressed therapeutically in resource-poor settings; starting of treatment early is crucial; aggressive treatment regimens and high-end dosing are recommended given the lower potency of second-line antituberculosis drugs; and strategies to improve treatment adherence, such as directly observed therapy, should be used. Opportunities to treat MDR-TB in developing countries are now possible through the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria, and the Green Light Committee for Access to Second-line Anti-tuberculosis Drugs. As treatment of MDR-TB becomes increasingly available in resource-poor areas, where it is needed most, further clinical and operational research is urgently needed to guide clinicians in the management of this disease.

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