Prevention of Closure of ARV Unit

Prevention of Closure of Anti Rabies Vaccine (ARV) Manufacturing Unit of Institute of Preventive Medicine: Institute of Preventive Medicine (IPM) a premiere testing laboratory was established to test water quality and other related tests including manufacturing of 20 lakh ml of Anti Rabies Vaccine (ARV) sufficient to administer for 5 lakh dog bitten persons in the entire Government hospitals in the state.

Pharmaceutical companies manufacturing ARV have tactically prevailed upon the authorities for discontinuation of manufacture of ARV so that their produce which costs nearly Rs.2000 for the entire course would be prescribed in the entire state in the place of ARV supplied by IPM.   The authorities lured by  incentives / foreign trips decided not to change the mfg. process(Nerve cell to tissue process)  instead decided to close down the unit and sell the land located in the prime area.

 BDS collected data and processed a writ for filing a PIL in the High Court of Andhra Pradesh and also appraised the entire situation to Dr. M.V. Mysoora Reddy a legislator for raising the issue in the Legislative Assembly.  The issue was raised in the Assembly and the govt. abandoned the idea of closing the IPM mfg. unit and released money to comply the conditions laid down by the drug controller to renew the drug license. IPM has initiated work to the change present mfg. process – Nerve cell to tissue process.  Thus the IPM mfg. (ARV) unit which supplies ARV to 5 lakh persons a year is saved from being closed.


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