Proactively Treating HIV Patients at Risk for Tuberculosis with Multidrug TB Therapy Doesn’t Save…

Published Date:

03/17/2016

Publication:

Johns Hopkins Medicine News Release

In what investigators say is a surprise finding, results of a new study appear to strongly affirm the effectiveness of prescribing the anti-tuberculosis drug isoniazid alone — in place of the standard four-drug regimen — to prevent TB and reduce death in people with advanced HIV/AIDS infections. Those with HIV and AIDS are highly susceptible to TB.

In a report on the so-called REMEMBER (Reducing Early Mortality and Early Morbidity by Empiric Tuberculosis Treatment) study — a 10-nation, randomized clinical trial of adult outpatients — investigators concluded that there was no added benefit of using four drugs for TB over just using one drug, isoniazid, to save lives in people with advanced HIV/AIDS.

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