Early treatments for the drug-resistant disease required injections over many months, and the side effects, such as hearing loss, kidney failure, depression or psychosis, can be worse than the disease, says Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr, director of ICAP at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. But in the past decade, two drugs, bedaquiline and delaminid, have emerged to treat drug-resistant TB. “They’re taken by mouth and are well-tolerated,” she says. As the simpler, safer treatments become available, she says, they could be game changers for patients in the developing world.

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