Can’t give new TB drug to patient without more tests

It has said the drug was only available under a "conditional access programme" and cannot be simply given to the patient.
The hospital has said that the drug cannot be made available to the patient to be administered by some other doctor as the medicine is to be used as per the "strict guidelines and policy" of the government which supplies Bedaquiline to the hospital.

A city-based TB hospital today told the Delhi High Court that if the new TB medicine by Johnson and Johnson is given to a patient suffering from a drug resistant variant of the disease without carrying out proper tests, it could lead to development of a strain which is resistant to this medication also.

The Lala Ram Swarup (LRS) TB hospital made the submission in its affidavit before Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva who listed the matter for hearing on January 11 as the central government has not yet filed its affidavit indicating whether the drug can be made available to the patient. Full Story

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