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Vol. 54. Issue 5.
Pages 298 (May 2018)
Vol. 54. Issue 5.
Pages 298 (May 2018)
Letter to the Editor
DOI: 10.1016/j.arbr.2018.03.001
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Comments on the SEPAR Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis
Comentarios a la normativa SEPAR de diagnóstico y tratamiento de la tuberculosis con resistencia a fármacos
José A. Camineroa,b,c,
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, Joan A. Caylác,d, José-María García-Garcíac,e, Francisco J. García-Pérezc,f, Juan J. Palaciosc,g, Juan Ruiz-Manzanoc,h,i
a Servicio de Neumología, Hospital General de Gran Canaria Dr. Negrín, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Las Palmas, Spain
b Unidad de Tuberculosis con Multi-Drogo Resistencia, Unión Internacional contra la Tuberculosis y Enfermedades Respiratorias (La Unión), París, France
c Programa Integrado de Investigación en Tuberculosis (PII TB) de la Sociedad Española de Neumología y Cirugía Torácica SEPAR, Barcelona, Spain
d Servicio de Epidemiologia, Agència de Salut Pública de Barcelona, CIBER de Epidemiología y Salud Pública (CIBERESP), Barcelona, Spain
e Unidad de Gestión Clínica de Neumología, Hospital Universitario San Agustín, Avilés, Asturias, Spain
f Servicio de Neumología, Hospital Universitario de La Princesa, Madrid, Spain
g Unidad de Referencia Regional de Micobacterias, Servicio de Microbiología, Hospital Universitario Central de Asturias, Oviedo, Asturias, Spain
h Servicio de Neumología, Hospital Universitario Germans Trias i Pujol, Badalona, Barcelona, Spain
i CIBER de Enfermedades Respiratorias (CIBERES), Barcelona, Spain
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To the Editor,

We are grateful to Dr. Pascual for his insightful comments1 on our recently published guidelines on the diagnosis and treatment of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB).2 His letter addresses 2 points that we would like to discuss further.

We fully agree with the first of his comments, regarding the good anti-Mycobacterium tuberculosis activity of bedaquiline and delamanid. As shown in Table 3 of our guidelines,2 the effectiveness of these new drugs prompted us to include them among the core drugs (our group 4) instead of among the add-on agents (Group D) recommended in the 2016 WHO recommendations3; we agree that these 2 drugs should have been included in WHO group C.3 As early as 2015, our group published an article in the European Respiratory Journal, proposing that these new drugs (along with linezolid) should even be positioned above second-line injectable drugs.4 The reason for not including these drugs in treatment regimens from the outset is not so much financial, but because we feel that evidence for such use is still scant. The inclusion of these drugs in group 4 illustrates our view: they are very good but evidence is still lacking. However, by including them in group 4, we are providing the option for their use in MDR-TB regimens.

As for shorter MDR-TB regimens, Dr. Pascual rightly points out that many issues remained unclear in the 2016 WHO publication.3 For this reason, and because of concerns surrounding the applicability of these regimens in practice, the WHO subsequently published an article which addressed many of these controversies.5 In it, they stated that the decision to use shorter regimens should not be based on sensitivity testing to the drugs in the regimen, other than fluoroquinolones or second-line injectables. This is because sensitivity results for these drugs, including pyrazinamide, are unreliable. The authors go so far as to say that even if resistance to pyrazinamide is observed, the clinician can consider using these shorter regimens.5 Furthermore, our recommendation not to use these regimens in pregnant women and in extrapulmonary TB is based on a lack of evidence, even though we are aware that they are used in these patient groups in some countries.

J.F. Pascual Pareja.
Comentarios al tratamiento de la tuberculosis con resistencia.
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Diagnóstico y tratamiento de la tuberculosis con resistencia a fármacos.
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Please cite this article as: Caminero JA, Caylá JA, García-García JM, García-Pérez FJ, Palacios JJ, Ruiz-Manzano J. Comentarios a la normativa SEPAR de diagnóstico y tratamiento de la tuberculosis con resistencia a fármacos. Arch Bronconeumol. 2018;54:298.

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