Mumbai: In a bid to provide relief to bedridden patient from gulping down several medicines on a daily basis, a Nashik-based pharmaceutical company has procured a first-of-its-kind multi-layer oral thin films (OTF) or drug strips that melt when kept on the tongue. A senior health official said this drug delivery method has already received approval from Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation and will be available at a similar price as the tables. They would first start manufacturing medicines for asthma and allergy on a trial basis.
The officials said most OTFs are extremely expensive due to which common people can’t afford them. These films are useful for patients suffering cancer, asthma, cardiac ailments. “We decided to work on developing multi-layer oral films after getting a good response from patients on the one-layer oral films. Later, the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) approved the product which would soon be released in the market,” said Dr Anwar Daud, managing director, Zim Laboratories limited.