Tuberculosis (TB) has now surpassed HIV as the leading infectious cause of death, and treatment success rates are declining. Multidrug-resistant TB, extensively drug-resistant TB, and even totally drug-resistant TB threaten to further destabilize disease control efforts. The second wave in TB drug development, which includes the diarylquinoline, bedaquiline, and the nitroimidazoles delamanid and pretomanid, may offer options for simpler, shorter, and potentially all-oral regimens to treat drug-resistant TB. The “third wave” of TB drug development includes numerous promising compounds, including less toxic versions of older drug classes and candidates with novel mechanisms of action.
- New drugs
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine