Appropriate Tests, Treatments Needed For Pediatric TB

In this post on the PLoS “Speaking of Medicine” blog, Grania Brigden, the tuberculosis (TB) adviser to the Medecins Sans Frontieres Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines, writes that while “[t]his year’s Global Tuberculosis Control report shows the beginning of a decline in the global tuberculosis epidemic, … there is a stark lack of data for children,” continuing, “Without a clear estimate of the magnitude of the problem it is hard to motivate governments, researchers and donors.” Brigden notes the challenges health care workers face in testing for and treating TB among children and calls for “appropriate data collection” and “urgent action” to create pediatric-appropriate drug therapies (11/3).