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Indian doctor in protest after using Viagra to save “blue babies”

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7357.181 (Published 27 July 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:181
  1. Sanjay Kumar
  1. New Delhi

    A doctor who gave the anti-impotence drug sildenafil (Viagra) to three newborn babies with pulmonary hypertension has caused a controversy over the unauthorised use of the drug.

    In what may be the first such case in India, the babies were given Viagra orally at the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, a private charitable trust, at Kochi, Kerala, in May and June.

    Standard intensive treatment had failed, and Viagra was given in a situation described as “life threatening” by APS Krishnan, vice president …

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