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Single pill wonder for TB patients

According to the government’s new drug regimen, patients suffering from tuberculosis will now be given fixed drug combinations in a single pill daily.

SNS | New Delhi |

TB patients worldwide can now pin their hopes on a single pill formula. Away with the old, high time!

Health concern in the country is growing and the government seems to be veering around towards better health policy.

Following the awakening in the health sector, TB patients, including children, can now look forward to new treatment. The government has announced a daily drug regimen under the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme.

Patients suffering from tuberculosis will now be given fixed drug combinations (FDCs), three or four drugs in a single pill daily, according to the new policy rolled out by the Union Health Ministry following a meeting state health secretaries. Also, children suffering from TB need not be administered the old tablets anymore.

All drug procurement and training regarding the daily drug regimen is complete in the all states, Jagdish Prasad, director general of Health Services, said.

“In 2016, there were an estimated 10.4 million new TB cases worldwide, 10 per cent of which were people living with HIV. Seven countries accounted for 64 per cent of the total burden, with India bearing the brunt,” A WHO report stated.

India is followed by Indonesia, China, Philippines, Pakistan, Nigeria and South Africa in terms of new TB cases. And until now since 1997, TB patients were administered TB drugs thrice a week (the intermittent drug regimen). However, in 2010, the WHO revised its TB management guidelines, recommending the adoption of daily drug regimen under the RNTCP.

Hopefully, the new drug policy would change the health scenario in the country.