Hamdard Laboratories starts proof of concept clinical trial for its two immunity boosting medicines
News Desk, News Nation 360: Hamdard Laboratories (Medicine Division), announced that it has received all the regulatory approvals to begin the proof of concept clinical trial for its Infuza and Kulzam drugs to prevent COVID-19 infection. A research team from Hamdard Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (HIMSR) is going to start the clinical trial at HAH Centenary Hospital, New Delhi, to evaluate the efficacy of these drugs for the prevention of COVID-19 infection in high-risk subjects. The clinical trials are an important part of India’s battle in fighting the novel coronavirus. In such unprecedented times, having a strong immune system is the ideal preventive measure while individuals practice social distancing. Hamdard products are developed with natural formulations that combine the benefits of time-tested herbs for strengthening overall immunity, which may be helpful in minimizing the impact of the COVID-19 virus through the development of specific antibodies. Effective adjunct therapy will push up innate immune capability and facilitate the development of specific antibodies to fight against coronavirus infections. The research group is working on a randomized, parallel-group clinical trial for the repurposing of two popular Hamdard Medicines i.e. Infuza and Kulzum for the prevention of COVID-19 infection at HAHC hospital which conducts more than 100 COVID-19 tests per day. The Department of Microbiology at HIMSR & HAHC Hospital have a Biosafety Levels -2 (BSL-2) laboratory dedicated to RT-PCR testing for COVID-19 by CBNAAT technique. The testing process is certified by the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) and Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). Asad Mueed, Executive Trustee, Hamdard Laboratories India (Medicine Division), told a research group of Hamdard Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (HIMSR) that comprises an Allopathic doctor, Unani Hakim, Microbiologist and Biochemist are working on a randomized, parallel-group clinical trial for the repurposing of two popular Hamdard Medicines i.e. Infuza and Kulzum for the prevention of COVID-19 infection. Infuza has been used in the prevention and treatment of common cold and epidemic flu and popularly used for decades. Unani preparations that have immunomodulatory effects may be very helpful to combat infectious diseases. Kulzum is one such preparation with chemical constituents like eucalyptol, menthol, thymol, eugenol, and l-limonene and these have anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and most importantly immunomodulatory activities. Dr G. N. Qazi, Chief Executive Officer, Hamdard Institute of Medical Sciences and Research and associated HAH Centenary Hospital, told the study concept is approved by - Special Project Approval Committee, Ministry of AYUSH and it is also cleared by Institutional Ethics Committee. The trial is registered in the Clinical Trial Registry of India, Indian Council of Medical Research and the registration number is CTRI/2020/08/027222.
Report : Anustup Kundu