India receives 50,000 Amphotericin-B vials from US pharma firms-India News , Technomiz

India receives 50,000 Amphotericin-B vials from US pharma firms-India News , Technomiz

US-based pharma firms like Gilead Sciences and Mylan have sent 50,000 vials of anti-black fungus medicine, said MoS for Chemicals and Fertilisers Mansukh L Mandaviya on Friday

Black Fungus: India receives 50,000 Amphotericin-B vials from US pharma firms

Doctors treating a black fungus patient at a Hyderabad hospital. PTI

New Delhi: Over 50,000 vials of Amphotericin-B, used in the treatment of black fungus, have arrived in India from abroad, Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilisers Mansukh L Mandaviya said on Friday.

Amphotericin-B is used to treat Mucormycosis, also known as black fungus, which damages the nose, eyes, sinuses, and sometimes even the brain.

“50,000 vials of Amphotericin B arrives at Mumbai Airport. We are putting in a lot of efforts to meet its requirement in the country. I am thankful to Gilead Sciences and Mylan News for their outstanding support in India’s fight against COVID-19 ,” Mandaviya said in a tweet.

On Thursday, Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers DV Sadananda Gowda had announced that an additional 80,000 vials of Amphotericin-B have been allocated to all the states/union territories and central institutions.

Mucormycosis is a very rare infection which is caused by exposure to mucor mould which is commonly found in soil, plants, manure, and decaying fruits and vegetables. It affects the sinuses, the brain and the lungs and can be life-threatening in diabetic or severely immuno-compromised individuals such as cancer patients or people with HIV/AIDS.

Doctors in India are documenting an alarming number of cases of Mucormycosis among patients with COVID-19 and those who have recently recovered. They believe that Mucormycosis may be triggered by the use of steroids, a life-saving treatment for severe and critically ill COVID-19 patients.

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