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Initiative to improve TB patients' adherence to treatment launched in Delhi

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Revised National Control Programme (RNTCP) of the Union ministry has launched an initiative at the here to improve patients' adherence to treatment.

The initiative has been launched in collaboration with Caredose, a Delhi-based management company,

Founder and of Caredose, Gauri Angrish, said the "Adherence Tracking" initiative would change the way medicines were dispensed and dose adherence was tracked and managed, in a scientific manner and at a price point that was relevant for

"The country is home to an estimated 28 lakh patients and our innovative will surely ensure a huge dent in this number. Currently, the schedule adherence needs improvement as the existing systems depend on patients' inputs and are therefore unreliable, which is a major cause of failed treatment," Angrish said.

The process involves a "smart dispenser", which is an ICT (information and communications technology) enabled treatment box. It is devised to ensure and track real-time medicine adherence in patients (including drug-resistant TB patients in a phased manner).

In addition to adherence, it also looks at aiding with support for adverse drug reactions (ADR), which are common for patients on TB medication.

Monthly medicines, pre-organised and labelled by dose (in a patient's choice of language), are provided and a daily dose is auto dispensed at the right time everyday with the help of the dispenser.

It also helps in real-time adherence tracking. Once the patient cuts the dispensed dose, the adherence is communicated in real time, along with a time stamp.

Also, if a patient does not take the dose on time, then various actionable alerts are sent out to the ground staff and supervisor, depending on the time progression of non-adherence.

Delhi's said, "We look forward to the success of this initiative.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, December 08 2018. 16:55 IST
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