Falling Funding for Tuberculosis Research Threatens to Derail TB Elimination Efforts in the United States
Research Dollars Drop Just as Old Disease Grows More Difficult to Treat
March 24, 2014, Washington, D.C. – The goal of eliminating tuberculosis (TB) as a public health threat in the United States is under threat, a new policy brief released today by Treatment Action Group (TAG) shows. Analysis conducted by TAG reveals that spending on TB research and development (R&D) among U.S. government agencies declined from 2009 to 2012 in the face of budget instability, sequestration, and the rising costs of biomedical research.
CRAG, TAG Welcome Sanofi U.S. Commitment to Reduce the Price of Tuberculosis Drug Rifapentine
December 12, 2013 – The Community Research Advisors Group (CRAG) and Treatment Action Group (TAG) welcome the Sanofi U.S. decision to lower the price of the tuberculosis (TB) drug rifapentine to $32 per 32-tablet blister pack. The company indicates that the new price will become effective in January 2014 under 340(b) Public Health Service pricing.
TAG Applauds $12 Billion Replenishment of Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and Calls for Greater Flexibility to Support Middle-Income Countries Coping with Large HIV or TB Epidemics
New York, New York – December 3, 2013. Treatment Action Group applauds the donors who have helped make it possible to save more lives by raising a record-breaking $12 billion for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria over the next three years. TAG also commends the Obama administration for its generous match of one dollar for every two dollars contributed by other donors, which helped to drive up funding commitments in the current replenishment round.
amfAR and Treatment Action Group Call for a Strategic Research Agenda Needed to End HIV/AIDS in the United States
NEW YORK, December 1, 2013. Today, on World AIDS Day, amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, and Treatment Action Group (TAG) called for a deliberate and expedited research agenda designed to begin to end the AIDS epidemic in the United States. Both organizations noted that in order to achieve this goal, Congress must end sequestration and work to ensure the full implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). AmfAR and TAG’s new report, Filling the Gaps in the U.S. HIV Treatment Cascade: Developing a Community-Driven Research Agenda, outlines several recommendations for the Obama administration.
Treatment Action Group Applauds European Approval of New Drug to Fight Tuberculosis, Demands Expanded Access and Affordable Pricing
November 22, 2013 — Approval of and access to delamanid are crucial while further research is pending —
NEW YORK, NY, USA – Treatment Action Group (TAG) congratulates the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) for its recommendation to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to grant marketing approval to delamanid, a new drug for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) now in phase III clinical trials. MDR-TB treatment options that do not include new drugs are long, toxic, difficult to tolerate, and often ineffective.
A Double Blow: Private-Sector Funding for TB Research Drops Sharply Amid Severe Public-Sector Budget Cuts
As Threat of Drug-Resistance Grows, Big Pharma Decreases Investments in TB research by 22 Percent
October 29, 2013, Paris, France – The 2013 Report on Tuberculosis Research Funding Trends, 2005–2012 finds that funding for tuberculosis research and development (TB R&D) dropped by US$30.4 million compared with 2011—the first time funding has fallen since TAG began tracking investments in 2005. Funding declined for diagnostic, drug, vaccine, and operational research, increasing the likelihood that new tools to fight TB will remain out of reach for the 8.7 million people who develop TB each year.
Treatment Action Group Criticizes European Refusal of New Drug to Fight Tuberculosis
July 29, 2013 – Approval of and access to delamanid is crucial while further research is pending
NEW YORK, NY, U.S.A. – Treatment Action Group (TAG) is disappointed by the failure of the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to recommend marketing approval for delamanid, a new drug in development for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB). The drug, one of the first new compounds to fight tuberculosis (TB) in over 40 years, has demonstrated safety and clinical benefit against multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) in clinical trials to date. The decision by the CHMP was based on the duration of treatment (two months) in the phase IIb randomized controlled trial (Trial 204). It considered that the trial was too short to establish the effectiveness of delamanid in treating TB when added to other anti-TB medicines. Without new treatment options such as delamanid, treatment for people who have the disease will remain intolerable, toxic, lengthy, and ineffective, and patients—of which the European Union and its neighboring countries have many—will continue to die.
2013 Pipeline Report Calls on Leaders to Get the Best HIV, Hepatitis C Virus (HCV), and Tuberculosis Drugs, Diagnostics, and Vaccines to the Most People as Quickly as Possible
June 30, 2013, KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – HIV i-Base and Treatment Action Group (TAG) called on global and national leaders, research sponsors, and regulatory authorities to work together to make the best HIV, HCV, and TB drugs, diagnostics, and vaccines accessible as fast as possible, according to a report released today at the 7th International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Preexposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Trial among Thai Injection Drug Users Marred by Lack of Response to Community Concerns
June 26, 2013 – On June 12, results from an efficacy trial of tenofovir as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) against HIV infection in individuals with a self-reported history of injection drug use were published in the Lancet. The trial was sponsored by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and took place in Bangkok, Thailand (named the Bangkok Tenofovir Study). The publication was accompanied by a flurry of press releases and drew considerable news coverage due to the documentation of a statistically significant reduction in risk of HIV acquisition of 48.9%.
Children with Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis Require Urgent Attention
Research and access required to achieve zero deaths, new infections, and suffering
March 21, 2013 – Treatment Action Group (TAG), in partnership with the Sentinel Project on Pediatric Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis (Sentinel Project) released today We Can Heal: Prevention, Diagnosis, Treatment, Care and Support: Addressing Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis in Children. This collection, released in anticipation of World TB Day on March 24, calls for urgent attention to the global problem of pediatric drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB). The stories of 30 children with DR-TB in 30 countries are a testament to the need for improved programs, policies, and tools to reach the goal of zero TB deaths, new infections, and suffering.
Treatment Action Group Lauds FDA Approval of First New Tuberculosis Drug in Half a Century
December 31, 2012 – Treatment Action Group (TAG) applauds the accelerated approval today of bedaquiline, the first new approved drug to treat tuberculosis (TB) in over forty years, by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The drug has the potential to improve the treatment for multi-drug resistant (MDR) TB, a particularly deadly and hard to treat form of TB that affects over a million people worldwide, and from which only about half of patients who are treated recover.
Treatment Action Group and European AIDS Treatment Group Applaud UNITAID Agreement to Reduce the Cost of GeneXpert Rapid TB Test
Call for Further Price Cuts on Cartridges and Machines to Realize Goals of Zero TB deaths
August 7, 2012 – Treatment Action Group (TAG) and the European AIDS Treatment Group (EATG) welcome the announcement that a deal has been reached among PEPFAR, USAID, UNITAID, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to reduce the price of the GeneXpert MTB/RIF rapid test for tuberculosis (TB). The partners to this collaborative market intervention have taken an important first step towards accelerating market entry to the molecular diagnostic system, which accurately diagnoses both TB and some common drug-resistance mutations, within two hours. But the still high cost of the machines and cartridges and the lack of private sector access greatly limit the reach and impact of this historic agreement.
HIV i-Base/Treatment Action Group 2012 Pipeline Report Reveals Deep Gaps between Scientific Promise and Program Delivery
– Recent Advances in Biomedical HIV, Hepatitis C Virus (HCV), and Tuberculosis (TB) Prevention and Treatment Are Not Reaching Those Who Need Them Most –
– Political Leaders Continue to Break Domestic, Global Health Commitments –
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 21, 2012 – On the eve of the XIX International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., a new report by HIV i-Base (U.K.) and Treatment Action Group (TAG) (U.S.) reveals the deepening gulf between new scientific advances that make it possible to prevent, treat, and in some cases cure people living with HIV, hepatitis C virus (HCV), and tuberculosis (TB), and access to these where they are most needed.
Children with Drug-Resistant TB Make Up the Most Neglected Patient Population
— Treatment Action Group Analysis Finds Global TB R&D Rose by Just 2% from 2009: Less than One-Third of the Global Need —
Thursday, 22 March 2012 - In recognition of World Tuberculosis day on March 24th, Treatment Action Group (TAG) calls for the re-focusing of attention on the tremendous burden that tuberculosis (TB) plays around the world. TB is a disease of the poor – more than 80% of TB cases worldwide arise in the global south. According to the World Health Organization, nearly 4,000 people die every day because of TB. There were 8.8 million people newly diagnosed with TB in 2010, including 1.1 million cases among people with HIV – which, coupled with the emergence of drug resistant TB, including some untreatable strains – creates a deadly synergy. Despite this reality, investment in TB research has remained very low compared to the worldwide burden.
Obama’s Global, Domestic & HIV Research FY 2013 Budget Backslides on Existing Commitments
Proposed Cuts to President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Would Prevent 500,000 People from Starting on Life-saving HIV Treatment
— President’s 2013 Budget Weakens U.S. Leadership on Fighting HIV Globally and Domestically —
NEW YORK, NY – February 16, 2012. Treatment Action Group (TAG) is deeply disappointed by President Obama’s proposed cuts to PEPFAR (President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) and bilateral TB funds, freezing of NIH (National Institutes of Health) research as well as the insufficient attention to the worsening domestic AIDS crisis in the administration's fiscal year 2013 budget plan. “This senselessly harsh budget will directly contribute to millions of preventable illnesses and deaths among people living with HIV, hepatitis C, and TB in the U.S. and around the world.” said Mark Harrington, Executive Director of TAG, “Why does President Obama want to turn his back on the most effective, life-saving global health and development program in history?"
We Need the Patent Pool to Work
A Joint Statement by Treatment Action Campaign, Treatment Action Group, HIV i-Base, European AIDS Treatment Group and SECTION27
November 16, 2011 – The exorbitant price of AIDS medicines, especially antiretrovirals, has been one of the main barriers to people with HIV accessing them, especially in developing countries. As activist organisations we have been at the forefront of many of the struggles to make medicines affordable.
Treatment Action Group Issues Latest Update on Global TB R&D Investment Trends
2010 Funding Flat at $617 million, Less Than One-Third of the Global Need
October 26, 2011, LILLE, France – New data released by the Treatment Action Group (TAG) and the Stop TB Partnership finds that in 2010 the world spent just $617 million in tuberculosis (TB) research and development (R&D), or 0.3% less than 2009 funding levels—the first time TAG documents no growth since it began tracking TB research investments in 2005.
Funding for HIV treatment research exceeded US$2.4 billion in 2009
July 19, 2011 – Data collected for the first time on global investments in HIV treatment-related research and development showed that at least US$ 2.46 billion was available in 2009. The Treatment Action Group, AVAC, and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) issued the report which was released at the International AIDS Society's 6th Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Prevention, and Treatment in Rome, Italy.
2011 Pipeline Report Shows That Medical Prospects for People with HIV, Hepatitis C, and Tuberculosis Have Never Been Better
Analysis reveals a golden age of antiretroviral drug development, rapid uptake of innovator compounds, and rapid return on investment
July 15, 2011 – The new drug, diagnostic, and vaccine pipeline has never looked more promising for people with HIV, hepatitis C virus (HCV), and tuberculosis (TB), according to a report released today by Treatment Action Group (TAG) and HIV i-Base.
Poor Progress Means Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis Continues to Spread and Cost Lives
July 7, 2011 – The global response to help countries scale up treatment of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) is underfunded and ineffective, according to a new report released today by three medical and medical advocacy organisations. A 20-month effort to reform the Green Light Committee Initiative, a World Health Organization (WHO)-hosted programme designed to help countries gain technical support for scale up of MDR-TB and access to quality-assured MDR-TB drugs, needs to be closely monitored to see if the reforms will address many key bottlenecks.