Shortage of anti-fungal injection, Amphotericin B

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  • May 12, 2021
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Shortage of anti-fungal injection, Amphotericin B

Part of: GS Prelims and GS – II – Health & GS-III – Sci & tech 

In news

  • Acute shortage of anti-fungal injection ‘amphotericin’ and other anti-fungal medicines used to treat mucormycosis, is now adding to difficulties of patients.
  • Mucormycosis is a life-threatening infection that follows Covid-19 in roughly 30% diabetics. 

Important value additions

  • Amphotericin B injection is used to treat serious and potentially life-threatening fungal infections.
  • It is in a class of medications called antifungals. 
  • It works by slowing the growth of fungi that cause infection.
  • It is typically given by injection into a vein.
  • Amphotericin B was isolated from Streptomyces nodosus in 1955 and came into medical use in 1958. 
  • It is on the World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines.

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