Experts Warn Plasma Therapy for Covid Patients ‘Non-Scientific’, Urge Govt to Review ICMR Guidelines

      New Delhi,May,11,2021: As Covid continues to claim lives in India, several clinicians, scientists, and public health professionals have raised concerns regarding the non-scientific use of plasma to treat Covid-19 victims.

In an open letter to the principal scientific advisor to the government, the health experts claimed that studies suggest that the use of convalescent plasma is not fruitful in the treatment of Covid-19 patients yet it is being administered at a massive scale in hospitals across India.

Attributing to the guidelines issued by government agencies, the experts appealed to the principal scientific advisor, Dr Vijay Raghavan, to take immediate action regarding this and prevent the irrational use of this drug and the subsequent harassment faced by the Covid patients and their kin.

“The problematic scenario arises because of guidelines issued by ICMR/AIIMS which currently recommends plasma therapy (April 2021 version) as “off label” use. the experts pointed out in their letter asserting that the ICMR guidelines were not based on the current findings which show that plasma is not beneficial for Covid treatment.

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