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The only way to end TB is to involve pharmacists

Pharmacies are the first point of access to modern medical advice and treatment for most people in Southeast Asia, especially the poor and rural. Patients may not go to a hospital or clinic at all unless treatment at the pharmacy fails first. Because most pharmacies in the region are private independently-owned shops not integrated into any national electronic health information system, little data exists on potential and active TB patients seeking treatment at pharmacies leading to missed tuberculosis cases. It’s clear that TB isn’t going anywhere unless pharmacists get involved.  Pharmacists should be empowered to screen, refer, and notify TB cases.

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In Southeast Asia, patients aren’t finishing their TB medications. Why?

There are many reasons why patients in Southeast Asia do not take their full courses of TB medications. This non-adherence causes multi-drug resistant strains of TB (MDR-TB), which poses a deadly threat to health worldwide. We must improve TB treatment adherence in Southeast Asia, where MDR-TB is rising. In order to do that, we need to understand the barriers to treatment that patients face, which include: 1) Lack of knowledge and misinformation about treatment When a TB patient undergoes treatment, they will start to feel better just a few weeks after starting treatment. Oftentimes, when this happens the patient wrongfully assumes that their TB is