Edition 25, 2013
Improving Treatments for Tuberculosis

The Battle Against Sleeping Germs

  • Clinically pure: the antibiotic moxifloxacin is prepared for clinical testing under sterile conditions. If these trials are successful, pharmacologists like Diana Gross will be able to produce the drug for TB patients at affordable prices.
  • Immune system in action: an eater cell – a macrophage – devours TB bacteria (orange) in the human body.
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Clinically pure: the antibiotic moxifloxacin is prepared for clinical testing under sterile conditions. If these trials are successful, pharmacologists like Diana Gross will be able to produce the drug for TB patients at affordable prices.

It seemed that tuberculosis had been defeated, but that was wrong: a third of the world’s population is infected with these dangerous pathogens. Bayer’s scientists are currently carrying out clinical studies to find out whether the antibiotic moxifloxacin could help control this insidious disease. Combination therapy with three other drugs could significantly reduce treatment times.

Read on to find out how Bayer’s scientists are working with partners in a global network to design new treatment strategies to combat the dangerous tuberculosis bacteria:

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