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“We Are Living This Hell”: Delhi High Court On Black Fungus Drug Shortage

“We Are Living This Hell”: Delhi High Court On Black Fungus Drug Shortage

New Delhi: 

“We are living this hell. Everyone is living this hell. It’s a situation where we want to help but we are helpless,” the Delhi High Court lamented on Friday while hearing pleas on the shortage of Black Fungus medicine and the problems being faced by the patients.

While the centre placed a report giving the steps taken by it to source the medicine and overcome shortages, the high court directed it to give further details on current status of its imports and when the stocks are expected.

The court, which was hearing two pleas seeking medicine vials for two patients admitted here for Black Fungus infection, expressed helplessness over the situation and said it cannot pass any order that a particular patient should be given preference for treatment while denying it to others.

The issue of shortage of the medicine for treating Black Fungus was raised by advocate Rakesh Malhotra who said the Black Fungus cases, affecting COVID-affected people, are rising.

The court, which was informed that steps are being taken by the centre to procure 2.30 lakh vials of Liposomal Amphotericin-B from six countries, asked the government to explain the reason behind choosing this figure as the “today’s requirement of the medicine is much more”.

“The Union of India shall place a report giving the detailed current status of the said imports. It will be considered on Monday. It has to indicate how the figure of 2.30 lakh vials was arrived at and whether there is a greater availability of the drug which could be imported,” a bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Jasmeet Singh said, which heard for six hours the matter relating to various issues arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The court asked the centre to come back on May 31 with a definite statement as to what happened to these 2.30 lakh vials, where are they, what is the stage, when are they coming to India, has the order been placed or not.

When one of the centre’s advocate said the order for the vials has been placed abroad, the bench said, “We are running against time. If you placed the order on May 24, today it should have been here”.

“We are only expressing out anxiety because of the proportions this thing is assuming. Every hour is assuming a new proportion,” the bench said, adding that “the effort here is to save lives and every hour matters”.

Additional Solicitor General Chetan Sharma said as per the information updated on the portal, the number of patients under treatment for Mucormycosis (Black Fungus) in India are 14,872 on May 28 (9 AM) and this includes 423 patients in Delhi.

News Source: NDTV News

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