FDA Approves First New Tuberculosis Drug in 40 Years

(AP) The Food and Drug Administration says it has approved a Johnson & Johnson tuberculosis drug that is the first new medicine to fight the deadly infection in more than four decades.{}{} {}The agency approved J&J's pill, Sirturo, for use with other older drugs to fight hard-to-treat tuberculosis.{}{} {}Sirturo is the first medicine specifically designed for treating multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis. That's an increasingly common form of the disease that cannot be treated with at least two of the four primary antibiotics used to treat tuberculosis.{}{} {}The standard drugs used to fight the disease were developed in the 1950s and 1960s.{}{} {}Roughly one-third of the world's population is estimated to be infected with the bacteria causing tuberculosis.