July 6, 2020 / 3:18 PM / a month ago

Johnson & Johnson cuts price of TB drug bedaquiline in poorer countries

July 6 (Reuters) - Johnson & Johnson said on Monday it was slashing the price of its version of the tuberculosis drug bedaquiline to $340 from its original price of $400, for a six-month treatment, in low- and middle-income countries, to scale up its use during the COVID-19 pandemic.

J&J's bedaquiline, marketed under the brand name Sirturo, will be available at the reduced price to more than 135 eligible countries, through United Nations-hosted Stop TB Partnership's Global Drug Facility (GDF), created in 2001 to negotiate lower prices for treatments.

Reporting by Manojna Maddipatla in Bengaluru; Editing by Ramakrishnan M.

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