Public Health Action. 2021 Mar 21;11(1):2-4. doi: 10.5588/pha.20.0026.
Evidence increasingly indicates that standardised, shorter regimens (SR) for multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) is effective in treating this global disease, but there is little published data on associated adverse events. We report outcomes from a cohort treated with the SR in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (PNG). Among 26 patients treated with a TB SR from September 2017 to September 2018, 10 (39%) were successful treatments, 12 (46%) were failures, 2 died, and 2 were lost to follow-up. Of those whose treatment failed, most (n = 10) changed their regimen due to adverse events, including seven from ototoxicity, suggesting this SR may not be suited to all patients in PNG and similar settings.