Date: 29-Oct-2019

Mumbai pharma company gets licence for breakthrough TB drug

MUMBAI: In a move which will make treatment of tuberculosis (TB) simpler, accessible and affordable, global non-profit drug developer TB Alliance has tied up with domestic company Macleods Pharmaceuticals to develop and commercialise its ‘breakthrough’ drug Pretomanid in high-burden countries, including India.Pretomanid is an important drug for the treatment of highly drug-resistant TB (DR-TB), if taken along with other TB medicines. It is also the third new anti-TB drug approved by USFDA in over 40 years. Significantly, Macleods has now become the second generic manufacturer for the drug, globally, after the TB Alliance earlier granted rights to US drug maker Mylan in August this year.