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Tuberculosis (TB) was once considered a disease of the past. However, it has evolved, becoming resistant to many existing TB medications, and is now considered a re-emerging threat to public health.
Otsuka Pharmaceutical has been carrying out TB research since our first research center opened in 1971. We have made multidrug-resistant TB a central theme in our work, and are now beginning to see the results of years of research and development.
Living with tuberculosis
Tuberculosis (TB) can affect anyone, anywhere. From the plains of Africa to the mountains of Peru to the cities of Europe and North America, TB is a disease that knows no boundaries. But TB is not a death sentence: despite the millions of deaths each year, there are stories of hope - people who struggle hard but overcome the disease.
And there are remarkable stories of courage, friendship and bonds that are formed between patients, nurses, social workers, doctors, and many others. At Otsuka, we recognize that fighting TB is more than just treating the disease; it's treating the person.
As part of our philosophy of always keeping the patient in mind and focusing on the individual, we have captured a few of the many faces of TB to educate and help inspire others who are, or know someone, affected by TB.
Motivating TB health workers & patients
"We're performing a public health service. It's close to a calling."
John Stuart Pancho
Family support is crucial in overcoming TB
Many treatment failures are caused by not adhering to treatment.
Inspiring other TB patients after a remarkable recovery
"You need to believe you will recover."
Dasha Lavrushiny, Grisha Lavrushiny
Learn more about tuberculosis
Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis, and transferred from person to person.
Tuberculosis is not a disease of the past but a serious health threat to society today.
- The Japanese Society for Tuberculosis
- Japan Anti-Tuberculosis Association (Japanese)
- Stop TB Partnership Japan
- World Health Organization Global Tuberculosis Report
- Treatment of tuberculosis: guidelines - Fourth edition
- 2014 Drug-Resistant TB Surveillance and Response
- Treatment Action Group (TAG) The Ascent Begins: Tuberculosis Research Funding Trends, 2005–2016 (PDF:1.93MB)
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