Q. BPaL was seen in news recently. It is related to which of the following?

[A] It is a newly developed communication satellite of China.

[B] .It is an all-oral three-drug regimen that is used to treat drug-resistant TB.

[C] .It is a new strategy to recapture Ukraineu2019s lost places in Russia-Ukraine crisis.

[D] It is a newly found vaccine to treat Lumpy Skin Disease(LSD) virus.

Answer: B

BPaL is a 6-month, all-oral, three-drug regimen that is used to treat people with highly drug-resistant forms of TB. BPaL is a combination of three newer antibiotics, namely bedaquiline, pretomanid and linezolid.

BPaL will drastically cut short the treatment duration by half (and more) and reduce the amount of medication an MDR-TB patient must take during treatment.Hence, from a treatment duration of 18 to 24 months, the BPaL is likely to bring down treatment time to around six months.

Source: Indian Express