Patna Teen Girl’s Fight For Right To TB Drug Becomes A World
A teen’s court battle to gain urgent access to a new, government-controlled tuberculosis drug has become a rallying point for public health workers in India’s fight against a growing problem of drug-resistant diseases and attendant widespread health risks.

The new drug, called bedaquiline, came to India last year, and it is now the only hope for the frail 18-year-old woman in the northern city of Patna who has failed to respond to traditional antibiotic drugs. She was diagnosed as suffering from “extremely drug-resistant” tuberculosis.