NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Global non-profit health advocacy organization Unitaid said today that its board has approved $30 million in funding to increase access to Cepheid's Xpert MTB/RIF diagnostic test for multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis in resource-poor areas of the world.

Under the agreement between Unitaid, the US Agency for International Development, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Cepheid is expected to reduce the price of its Xpert MTB/RIF diagnostic cartridges to $10 from the current compassionate pricing of approximately $17, Unitaid said.

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