Delhi government is now regulating the sale of Amphotericin B, a drug used to treat black fungus, to prevent hoarding. But city hospitals are struggling to procure the suddenly in-demand drug. A doctor from a private hospital drew parallels between the recent oxygen crisis and the lack of Amphotericin. “We have the drug today but we don’t know whether we will have it tomorrow,” the doctor said. What is worrying is that most experts feel the rare fungal infection is only going to increase in the days to come. The treatment is not helped by a government installed panel approving Amphotericin treatment twice a day because this paperwork delays administration of medicines. “In normal circumstances, if we have the drug we use it immediately. But now, we have to undertake the paperwork and get the drug use cleared by the government,” said the doctor. Dr Shuchin Bajaj, director, Ujala Cygnus Hospital, explained that with the government having taken over the supply of Amphotericin B, hospitals had to apply to the government committee, which decided whether the patient required liposomal Amphotericin B or not.
May 21, 2021, 06:08PM ISTSource: TOI.in