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FDA has granted priority review to bedaquiline, or TMC207 (Johnson & Johnson's Janssen Research & Development), for treatment of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis.
FDA has granted priority review to bedaquiline, or TMC207 (Johnson & Johnson's Janssen Research & Development), for treatment of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (TB). Bedaquiline would be the first drug specifically indicated for multidrug-resistant TB, and the first new type of TB drug in more than 4 decades.
On June 29, the drug maker applied for approval to market bedaquiline as part of combination therapy for adults with multidrug-resistant TB lung infections.
Under a priority review, FDA aims to decide whether to approve drugs within 6 months of the application's submission, rather than the standard 10 months.
About 1.4 million people worldwide die from TB each year, about 10% of them from forms resistant to at least 2 of the standard drugs for the deadly bacterial disease.
J&J applied for approval to market the drug in the European Union on Aug. 31.