Six Questions For TB Alliance CEO On Pretomanid And Pricing Issues
TB Alliance CEO Mel Spigelman outlines to Scrip the contours of the non-profit’s commercialization deal with Mylan for pretomanid, which is part of an oral combination regimen, and maintains that the $1/day pricing ask for the drug is based on flawed assumptions and not currently feasible.
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TB Alliance CEO Mel Spigelman discusses a range of new and evolving aspects pertaining to the three-drug BPaL regimen for highly drug-resistant TB, including the ZeNix trial results and adding a licensee for pretomanid. He also notes how COVID-19 has had a “terrible impact” on efforts to tackle the TB pandemic.
With fast-tracked development and deployment of COVID-19 vaccines yielding results, experts call for similar urgency and funding impetus to progress new vaccines for TB, which still claims 4,000 lives daily. Over 15 candidates have been in development for years, with hope now abounding around the potential of new platforms like mRNA to accelerate efforts.
Scrip highlights the key transactions involving Indian firms in 2019. Divestments and licensing were among the prominent themes that dotted the deal landscape in the year gone by.