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Sickle cell anaemia gets World's first herbal remedy

Sickle cell anaemia gets World's first herbal remedy

New Delhi, Dec 12 (UNI) The patients suffering with Sickle Cell Anaemia (SCD) -- a hereditary blood disorder threatening life of around 350 million people worldwide may now get a new lease of life.

A Delhi based pharmaceutical company, Sai Phytoceuticals, has become the first organisation to introduce a herbal remedy for this life threatening disease in India.

SCD is a genetic disorder inherited form parents genes and is a condition in which there aren't enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen throughout our body. The polymerisation happens in the DNA and the Red blood cell becomes sickle which obstructs the flow of red blood cells to carry oxygen to various organs in the body resulting in their damage and unbearable pain.

The new drug -- Sailin HbS -- has been developed after a dedicated research of more than 2 decades and has also been approved by drug authorities for manufacturing.

Company's Director Anil Bhansali, who has been working from over four decades in the areas of Engineering, Infrastructure, and Research & Development of herbal based molecules, while making the announcement said that Sailin HbS is a new improved chemistry and has anti sickling properties of above 90 per cent. "Sailin-HbS has been found very safe and a no risk formulation so no Antidote is required", he added.

India, which has the third highest number of births with sickle cell anemia in the world after Nigeria and DR Congo, has the prevalence of the disease spread across Indian states of tribal population from Mizoram, Odissa, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Manipur, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Kerala, Gujarat, Telangana, West Bengal, Maharashtra & Assam.

SCD was first described in the Nilgiri Hills of northern Tamil Nadu in 1952. According to a research paper published in Indian Journal of medical research, the sickle cell gene is now known to be widespread among people of the Deccan plateau of central India with a smaller focus in the north of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Extensive studies performed by the Anthropological Survey of India have documented the distribution and frequency of the sickle cell trait which reaches levels as high as 35 per cent in some communities.

According to an ICMR survey, around 20 per cent children with SCD died by the age of two and 30 per cent children with SCD among tribal community die before they reach adulthood. About 90 per cent of patients survive to age 20 and only 50 per cent survive beyond the fifth decade.

The company has tied with Acurath Partners for marketing, distribution & sales of the product across India.

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