Medicines administered to bedridden patients in the form of oral thin films might get a whole lot cheaper in India soon. A Nagpur-based pharmaceutical company has produced the country’s first multi-layer oral thin films (OTF), making the otherwise imported medicines inexpensive and more accessible.
The India-developed film, made by Zim Laboratories, has already received approval from Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) and will be available at a price similar to that of the tablets.
In 2015, CDSCO gave the lab the approval manufacture and market OTFs of two medicines: Montelukast sodium and Levocetirizine Dihydrochloride used for treatment of allergies and asthma (mid-day has a copy). These melt-in-the-mouth films are usually given to bedridden patients who cannot gulp down tablets. They are especially useful for those suffering from cancer, asthma and cardiac ailments.