Wednesday, January 28, 2015


As most of us, tuberculosis is a major problem all over the country. 

One of the major issues in tuberculosis management is over the counter medications. Almost all anti-tuberculosis medicines are available very easily. 

Yesterday, in OPD, there was a boy who came with a peculiar skin lesion. We did a biopsy of the lesion. However, the boy also had a prescription written by someone on a piece of paper. He was told that this medicine is quite strong and should clear out the disease. 

He was smart to have not taken the prescribed treatment and opted to have it checked with a doctor. 

Unless, we can rein in such prescriptions, we are inviting avenues for emergence of Drug Resistant Tuberculosis. Of course, another cause of DRT is sub-optimal prescription doses of anti-tuberculosis medicines. 

The question is about any of us being serious about this issue. 

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