India’s first chemo syrup is here, to benefit 10,000 kids a year – ET HealthWorld | Pharma

Mumbai: Doctors from Mumbai’s Tata Memorial Center in collaboration with IDRS Labs in Bengaluru have developed India’s first and only chemotherapy drug, 6-mercaptopurine (6-MP), to be available in a syrup form. It is crucial to combat Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), the most common form of blood cancer affecting children.

Around 10,000 children aged 1-10 years diagnosed with ALL are expected to benefit from the drug annually. The oral suspension effectively tackles various challenges associated with the existing tablet formulation, including issues related to dosage precision, flexibility and tolerability. Liquid formulations of 6-MP have been available in Europe and US for a long time, but kids in developing countries didn’t have access to it, Tata doctors said.

The child-friendly formulation is available in the form of a powder for oral suspension, commercially available under the trade name PREVALL. Tata doctors said it can be reconstituted into a 100 ml oral suspension at a concentration of 10mg/ml. “Up until now, less-than-ideal practices such as crush tableting or resorting to alternate day dosing were employed to meet the specific dosing needs in children,” said Dr SD Banavalidirector-academics, Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai, and a senior pediatric hemato-oncologist.

Dr Girish Chinnaswamy, professor and head, department of pediatric oncology at Tata Hospital, said formulations such as PREVALL would help in ensuring dose optimization. PREVALL is accompanied by a syringe and a Press In Bottle Adapter (PIBA) that allow precise dosing tailored to a patient’s body

Dr Vikram Gotaprofessor of clinical pharmacology, ACTREC, said the powder for oral suspension is designed to ensure stability of the drug in hot/humid conditions and is quite distinct from the liquid formulation.

  • Published On Dec 31, 2023 at 02:16 PM IST

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