Kenya has launched a new formulation of Tuberculosis (TB) drug said to be the friendliest to kids in the world. The traditional drugs leave a sour and bitter taste in children’s mouth. Making administration of the TB drugs to children a daunting task as the kids will try to fight off being given the drugs.
The new drugs formulated in Kenya comes in right doses for children, has some fruit flavors and quickly dissolves in water. Thus the drug can be administered to children with TB in the form of a sweet-tasting solution.
Stats show there are about 155,000 children across some 18 countries that have already placed orders for the new TB formulation. The new medicine will be first rolled out in Kenya before being availed in other countries; that is as per the directives by the TB Alliance campaign group. The group oversaw the development of the new formulation.
Previously, to administer the TB drugs to kids, one had to break or crush the tablets into fine pieces. Sometimes even ground them into a powdery form, and mixed with water. Still, the bitter taste made kids …read more
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