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Linezolid for Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis

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  • Guy Thwaites, F.R.C.P.,
  • and Nhung V. Nguyen, M.D., Ph.D.

The development of a highly effective, oral, 6-month regimen for the treatment of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, which previously took 18 to 24 months to cure, is one of the defining achievements of the tuberculosis research community in this century. The results of the Nix-TB study, which were published in the Journal in 2020,1 showed that the combination of two new drugs, bedaquiline and pretomanid, with a repurposed oxazolidinone antibiotic agent, linezolid, given for 6 to 9 months to patients with drug-resistant or complicated multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, resulted in a favorable outcome in 98 of 109 patients (90%) at 6 months after the . . .

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Author Affiliations

From the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit, Ho Chi Minh City (G.T.), and the National Lung Hospital and the Vietnam National Tuberculosis Program, Hanoi (N.V.N.) — all in Vietnam; and the Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health, Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom (G.T.).