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Anti-haemophiliac factors to be distributed free in two hospitals

Divya Ramamurthi

Bowring and Vani Vilas hospitals to be the dispensing centres


  • Haemophiliac Society to get Rs. 50 lakhs for the purpose
  • Government promises Rs. 1 crore per year to the society
  • Each vial of anti-haemophiliac factor costs Rs. 2,500
  • A patient requires at least 20 shots per year

    BANGALORE: Bowring Hospital and Vani Vilas Hospital in the city will soon dispense free anti-haemophiliac factors to patients.

    Apart from the two hospitals, the Haemophiliac Society of Karnataka has identified Wenlock Hospital in Manipal and CJ Hospital in Davangere for distribution of the factors. The State Government is absorbing the cost and is the first in the country to provide such a service.

    Over Rs. 50 lakhs has been given to the society for the procurement of the factors. About Rs. 1 crore per year has been promised to the society. Baxter pharmaceutical company is providing the factors. "We want to try the project on a pilot basis and than determine how to expand it," says an official of the Health Department. Haemophilia is a bleeding disorder that usually occurs in men because of the inactivity or deficiency of the clotting factors in the blood. These individuals have less than 1 per cent of the factor while in a normal person it ranges from 50 to 150 per cent.

    Persons with haemophilia in the State are thrilled with the Government's gesture as it will help ease substantially their financial pressures.

    Each vial of the anti-haemophiliac factor costs around Rs. 2,500 and some patients require at least 20 shots every year. On a conservative estimate, if a haemophiliac bleeds once a month, it involves an expense of Rs. 5,000.

    So far, there has been a gap between demand and supply of the clotting factors in India. Over 1,000 people in the State have this disorder but their access to the clotting factors has been poor.

    "The gesture by the State Government will give haemophiliacs in the State more hope. They can lead more normal lives now that they know that the clotting factors are freely available," says Ranjana Ramachander of the Bangalore Chapter of the society.

    Doctors and members of the State branch of the Haemophiliac Society will begin training the Government doctors on giving patients vials of the clotting factors 8 and 9, needed to treat them.

    "We plan to begin training them in a week's time," says Ms. Ranjana. The society will issue identity cards to members of society and in prescription slips mention the amount of clotting factor that the individuals will require.

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