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Heart failure is no longer Life failure as JB Pharma decreases the price of critical Heart Failure medicine AZMARDA


News Desk, News Nation 360: One of the fastest-growing pharmaceutical companies in India JB Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals Ltd (JB Pharma), announced a substantial price decrease of approximately 50% for the critical heart failure drug “Azmarda”.  Azmarda, which contains the patented molecule Sacubitril-Valsartan is indicated for Heart failure which ails 8 to 12 million people in the country. After the price reduction, Azmarda (Sacubitril-Valsartan®), 50 mg will be available at INR 39.6 per tablet as compared to INR 78 per tablet. Heart failure is a chronic condition in which the heart doesn't pump blood as well as it should. It is a progressive chronic syndrome characterised by a decrease in functional status and quality of life. Blood often backs up and causes fluid to build up in the lungs (congestion) and in the legs. The fluid build-up can cause shortness of breath and swelling of the legs and feet. It is estimated that 8 – 12 million people in the country suffer from heart failure (HF) as a condition. It often remains undiagnosed, and patients become aware of it mostly at the end stage. Throwing light on the heart failure condition, Dr Dilip Kumar, Director, Medica Institute of Cardiac Sciences, Kolkata stated that cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) kill around 25-30% of people. Of the CVDs, heart failure is one of the chronic and progressive conditions in which the heart muscle is unable to pump enough blood to meet the body's needs for blood. Coronary artery disease is the most common cause of heart failure. While hypertension, diabetes, and obesity are

risk factors for heart failure, breathlessness and swelling are the most common symptoms of heart failure. And the incidence of heart failure in India has been rising gradually. According to Prof Dr Rabin Chakraborty, Senior Consultant Interventional Cardiologist & Electrophysiologist, Medica Superspecialty Hospital, Kolkata, the number of Heart Failure patients are progressively rising worldwide. Heart failure is somewhat a different medical condition from other conditions like heart attack and cardiac arrest. In heart failure, when the pumping function is below 40 per cent, it means one’s heart isn't pumping enough blood and may be failing. This is the point where treatment for heart failure should be started. There are some drugs for heart failure, which reduce the deterioration of the heart. Besides drugs, lifestyle modifications like regular exercise and a balanced diet are quintessential to thwart the progression of the heart failure condition.  Vikas Khare, Vice-President and Chronic Cluster Head, of JB Pharma expressed that being a leading player in the cardiac segment, JB has decided to take the lead in making their Azmarda drug more accessible and affordable for heart failure patients in India. This is in line with their strategy of providing innovative and quality treatment to a larger patient pool at the most affordable price points. This move will significantly reduce the overall monthly treatment cost from INR 4500 to INR 2200. The HF drug also helps in reducing hospitalization costs by around INR 1,00,000 at the minimum. The drug with reduced MRP is available to consumers from December 2022. Heart Failure is a devastating condition and it’s important to increase awareness about the condition. In that regard, they will also institute 25+ ‘Heart failure’ clinics in West Bengal, and 300+ across the country so that patients can detect this medical condition early and make informed health decisions. 

Pic : Krishnendu Kundu

Report : Anustup Kundu

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