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Open Access Pediatric tuberculosis drug market: an insider perspective on challenges and solutions

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Representative stakeholders were consulted on how they felt access to pediatric tuberculosis (TB) drugs could be improved. A key recommendation is the development of new child-friendly, adequately dosed formulations with a good shelf life in all climate zones. There is also an urgent need to improve the diagnosis and reporting of children with TB. Manufacturers of pediatric TB medications are to be incentivized through improved coordination among all stakeholders, with streamlined regulatory approvals and increased consumer education on drug and regimen guidelines. Finally, pooled procurement is advised to ensure sustained market supply against affordable prices.
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Keywords: access to medicines; market sustainability; procurement; supply chain

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: The Global Alliance for TB Drug Development, New York, New York 2: The Solutions Lab, New York University, New York, New York, USA

Publication date: 01 December 2015

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  • The International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease publishes articles on all aspects of lung health, including public health-related issues such as training programmes, cost-benefit analysis, legislation, epidemiology, intervention studies and health systems research. The IJTLD is dedicated to the continuing education of physicians and health personnel and the dissemination of information on tuberculosis and lung health world-wide.

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