This new invention is a blessing to kids living with HIV!

HIV is rampant not just among adults, but among kids too. The younger the children are, the greater the risk of dying of HIV. Yes, you heard us right! Not just that, improper medication, negligence to paediatric HIV and lack of child-friendly formulations have led to a large treatment gap between adults and kids.

However, things are slowly improving and this new HIV drug is a blessing in disguise for kids!

Salman, a two-and-a-half year old boy was given adult HIV tablets, with instructions to break it in half, crush it, and feed it to him. Little aware of harmful a wrong dosage can be, the mother followed this religiously. Sounds scary enough?

Thankfully, now a new HIV drug recently approved by the Indian drug regulatory authority, the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO), is expected to hugely improve this situation. The child-friendly and heat-stable pellet is expected to make a huge difference.

While the syrup which was given to kids earlier tasted bad, causing kids to vomit, the new pellets can be added to the food or breast milk or put onto the infant’s tongue. Along with the pellets, two other HIV drugs have to be given to infants and children for effective treatment.

The pellets were first given approval by the US Food and Drug Administration in May 2015. However, it was registered in India only two years later, in May 2017.

Source: Huffington post

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