Thursday, Jul 16, 2020 | Last Update : 09:49 PM IST

114th Day Of Lockdown

Maharashtra27564015261310928 Tamil Nadu1518201023102167 Delhi118645956993487 Karnataka4725318467933 Gujarat44648313462080 Uttar Pradesh41383257431012 Telangana3934225999386 Andhra Pradesh3545118378452 West Bengal34427206801000 Rajasthan2643719502530 Haryana2330617667319 Bihar2017313533157 Assam197551288953 Madhya Pradesh1964313908682 Odisha1489810476101 Jammu and Kashmir116666337206 Kerala9554463436 Punjab87995867221 Jharkhand4562248538 Chhatisgarh4556332420 Uttarakhand3785294850 Goa2951167418 Tripura228116043 Manipur170010800 Puducherry159688921 Himachal Pradesh134196610 Nagaland9023480 Chandigarh61945911 Arunachal Pradesh4911533 Meghalaya337462 Mizoram2381590 Sikkim222870
  India   All India  25 Apr 2020  Karnataka begins trials of plasma therapy for Covid-19 patients

Karnataka begins trials of plasma therapy for Covid-19 patients

Published : Apr 25, 2020, 5:00 pm IST
Updated : Apr 25, 2020, 5:00 pm IST

ICMR has given permission for a line of treatment that holds out some hope

Health staff screen women for influenza-like symptoms of coronavirus infection. (DC Photo: Satish B)
 Health staff screen women for influenza-like symptoms of coronavirus infection. (DC Photo: Satish B)

Bengaluru: Health authorities have begun clinical trials of convalescent plasma therapy for COVID-19 patients as the pandemic has showed no signs of relenting in Karnataka.

The therapy involves the transfusion of plasma from a Covid-19 patient who has recovered from the disease to a patient who is still suffering from it.

Phase one of the trials began at the BMC Victoria Hospital on Saturday morning. The trials were announced by minister B Sriramulu on his Twitter handle.

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on April 21 granted the permission to Dr Vishal Rao of the HCG Bangalore Institute of Oncology to conduct the trials for plasma therapy.

According to a highly placed source in the Karnataka health department, donors for the trials came forward voluntarily to participate in the programme.

If the trials at the Victoria hospital show promise, they will be replicated in other hospitals.  

There is no evidence so far that plasma transfusion works as a line of treatment for Covid-19.  This form of treatment was used to treat Ebola patients.  

Pitching for the trials, Dr Vishal Rao and his team submitted a 239-page dossier to the Union government detailing the rationale for the therapy and asked for ICMR's permission to conduct phase I of the clinical trial. 

Phase I will be done on fewer than hundred patients. The plasma will be collected from patients who are not above 60 years of age.

Tags: plasma therapy, covid-19
Location: India, Karnataka, Bengaluru