Dr. Mel Spigelman, president and CEO of the TB Alliance, an international nonprofit organization said the medicine is affordable, flavourful and easy to swallow.
Until now, children have been given cut-up adult pills, which they often reject because of the bad taste, the doctor said. The new medicine is dissolvable in water and comes in flavours like strawberry and raspberry – in precise doses.
The treatment was developed with the help of international aid groups including the World Health Organization and the U.S. Agency for International Development. Spigelman said that’s because major pharmaceutical companies have little financial incentive to develop medicine for TB, which is largely a disease of the poor.