Shortage of black fungus drugDate: 27 May 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
The increasing cases of black fungus have created shortages of liposomal Amphotericin B used as a primary drug in treating the infection.
Mucormyosis, also known as black fungus, is one of the most widely observed post-covid symptoms across the globe.
The drug has been gaining demand from desperate relatives of patients. This has resulted in hoarding and black marketing.
The black fungus disease is a rare fungal infection. It is estimated to infect about 140 people per million in India. It is the joint highest rate of infection in the world.
Doctors and experts have pointed irrational use of steroids as a possible reason for such high rate of disease in India.
Treatment of infection
The diagnosis and treatment has to be quick if the survival rate has to increase. Drugs as well as surgery can remove fungus from the body.
Drugs used in treatment include posaconazole, isavuconazole, and Amphotericin B deoxycholate along with preferred liposomal Amphotericin B
Amphotericin B deoxycholate is an effective treatment drug but is known to cause kidney damage. It is recommended to patients having no kidney ailments.