TB Alliance-Lupin Deal To Improve Pretomanid Access But India Unlikely To Benefit For Now
Viatris Has Capacity To Meet Demand
While Viatris says it has sufficient capacity to meet current and future demand for tuberculosis drug pretomanid, TB Alliance has signed a non-exclusive license with Lupin. This is the second tie-up with an Indian manufacturer but the local restricted use approval means countries other than India are likely to benefit for now.
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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.