introduces simplified TB treatment in India
EPP News Bureau - Bangalore
Indias largest manufacturer of anti-TB drugs has successfully
introduced AKuriT, a revolutionary simplified therapy as per WHOs
latest guidelines for treatment of tuberculosis. AkuriT, a customised
therapy for patients of all weight group, is a fixed dose combination
of the four essential anti-TB drugs - rifampicin, isoniazid, ethambutol
and pyrazinamide (in a single tablet). India is the first Asian
country where Lupin has launched AKuriT.
to Pradeep Rane, president, Lupin Ltd, Lupin has always
been at the forefront of TB-eradication medications. TB kills more
than 1000 people a day (one every minute) and the disease is spreading
rampantly largely due to non-compliance to therapy. Since AKuriT
is a simplified treatment, its main benefit is that it allow doctors
to prescribe weight-related dosage in an easy-to-prescribe/
easy-to-explain to patient form; thereby improving chances
in its revised guidelines has advised that the anti-TB drugs available
in a fixed dose combination (FDC) can improve compliance to therapy.
Further, if the patient has to be cured of TB, he has to take correct
and total dosage of anti-TB medications. Formulated in keeping with
WHO guidelines, AKuriT enables doctors to accurately prescribe dosage,
related to the patients body weight. This ensures that lower
weight patients are free from side effects due to higher dosing
and higher weight patients do not get sub-optimal treatment. Adult
weight bands identified are: Lower weight (30 to 37 kg), average
weight (38 to 54 kg), higher weight (55 to 70 kg) and heavy weight
(71 kg and above). Doctors can also prescribe AKuriT Kid formulations
for children and younger patients.
AKuriT range has the essential anti-TB drugs in the following combinations:
AKuriT 4 - Rifampicin, Ethambutol, Isoniazid, Pyrazinamide AKuriT
3 - Rifampicin, Ethambutol, Isoniazid, AKuriT Z - Rifampicin, Isoniazid,
Pyrazinamide AKuriT - Rifampicin, Isoniazid AKuriT Z Kid - Rifampicin,
Isoniazid, Pyrazinamide AKuriT Kid - Rifampicin, Isoniazid AKuriT
is a prescription drug, which was launched in October last year.
chest physicians across India have reported superior compliance
rates in treatment of TB patients with AKuriT. .