Ramping up production, import of Mucormycosis drug Amphotericin-B: Govt

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MoS Chemicals and Fertilizers Mansukh Mandaviya (File Pic)

New Delhi (NVI): As the demand for Amphotericin-B surges in the country, the government today said it has chalked out a strategy to ramp up domestic production and import of the drug recommended for treatment of black fungus or Mucormycosis and that the shortage is expected to be resolved at the earliest.

Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers Mansukh Mandaviya, whose ministry is in-charge of the pharmaceutical sector, reviewed the requirement and supply position of Amphotericin-B in view of the rising demand.

Mandaviya noted that the supply of Amphotericin-B has been increased manifold but currently there is a sudden demand surge, an official release said.

The minister assured that the government is committed to making all possible and necessary efforts to make it available to needy patients, it said.

“The Government has chalked out a strategy with manufacturers to ramp up domestic production as well as to import the drug from all over the world,” said the statement of the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers.

The Government has also outlined the system for efficient distribution and supply chain management of Amphotericin-B, it said.

The shortage is expected to get resolved at the earliest, the ministry said.

The Minister also asked States to use this drug judiciously by strictly following the prescribed guidelines.