FDA approves tuberculosis drug

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 04 July 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:11
  1. Deborah Josefson
  1. San Francisco

    The US Food and Drug Administration has approved rifapentine (Priftin)—the first new antituberculosis drug to be licensed in 25 years.

    Rifapentine is indicated for pulmonary tuberculosis but must be used in conjunction with other antituberculosis drugs. It is expected to increase patient compliance because it has a shorter treatment course than conventional drugs.

    Current treatment …

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