Economic challenges associated with tuberculosis diagnostic development

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Expert Review of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research

Tuberculosis remains a global health crisis in part due to underdiagnosis. Technological innovations are needed to improve diagnostic test accuracy and reduce the reliance on expensive laboratory infrastructure. However, there are significant economic challenges impeding the development and implementation of new diagnostics. The aim of this piece is to examine the current state of TB diagnostics, outline the unmet needs for new tests, and detail the economic challenges associated with development of new tests from the perspective of developers, policymakers and implementers.

Hanrahan C, Shah M. Economic challenges associated with tuberculosis diagnostic development. Exp Rev Pharmacoecon Outcomes Res. Expert Rev Pharmacoecon Outcomes Res. 2014 Aug;14(4):499-510. doi: 10.1586/14737167.2014.914438. PMID: 24766367; PMCID: PMC4605384.

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD