Acute kidney disease drug, fomepizole, arrived in Indonesia on Saturday (Oct. 29) early in the morning from Japan. A total of 200 vials of the medicine will be distributed to all referral hospitals at provincial level in Indonesia.
Jakarta (Indonesia Window) – A total of 200 vials of injection acute kidney disease drug, 1.5 milliliter fomepizole, arrived in Indonesia early Saturday (Oct. 29) from Japan, which is a donation from PT Takeda Indonesia, the country’s Minister of Health Budi Gunadi Sadikin said on Monday (31/10).
“This grant is implemented in good faith in the name of humanity for the benefit of the health of Indonesian children,” the minister said in his official statement at the Ministry of Health received here on Tuesday.
This acute kidney disease drug will be sent directly to the Central Pharmacy Installation. The medicine came out directly from the airport at 2 a.m. in the morning on Saturday (29/10), after going through a process at the airport.
According to Budi, the ministry will then distribute the medicine as needed to all provincial-level referral hospitals in Indonesia.
“This antidote will be given free of charge to all patients in Indonesia,” Budi said.
Previously, it was reported that 10 of the 11 patients with acute kidney disease, who were taking syrup drugs which were suspected of being contaminated with certain chemical compounds, gradually improved after taking this drug while being treated at the referral Dr. Cipto Mangunkusumo hospital in Jakarta.
Three children no longer need ventilators and one person has been discharged. According to the minister, fomepizole has a positive impact on the treatment of patients with acute kidney disorders.
Indonesia has imported fomepizole from Singapore, Australia and Japan. Currently the opportunity to import fomepizole from the United States and Canada is being explored.
“This is an effort that we are making to prevent an increase in cases of atypical progressive acute kidney disease. We will distribute the medicine to all government hospitals that treat patients with acute kidney disorders,” the minister explained.
Previously, Budi said that the arrival of fomepizole will be accelerated in Indonesia and this antidote drug will be given free of charge to all patients.
“We will give the medicine to AKI patients for free,” the minister said in a statement quoted from the official website of the Indonesian Ministry of Health, last Oct. 25.
Reporting by Indonesia Window