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Indian government promises paediatric formulations of TB drugs

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e8563 (Published 17 December 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e8563
  1. Mohuya Chaudhuri
  1. 1New Delhi

The Indian government has approved a new protocol for treating paediatric tuberculosis and has said that it would procure specially formulated drugs suitable for children.

Ashok Kumar, deputy director general for tuberculosis at the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, said that a consultation was held to revise the protocols for treatment of tuberculosis in children eight years ago but that the decision to revise the guidelines was taken only this year.

Kumar said that the new protocol had increased the number of weight bands from four to six …

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