Friday, September 20, 2013

LIF will produce hypertonic saline for cystic fibrosis

      LIF will produce the first ampoules of Hypertonic Saline (7% x 5 ml) to use in people with cystic fibrosis (CF).
     CF is a genetic disorder that affects the lung, pancreas, intestine and liver. It’s a chronic and progressive illness.
     Difficulty breathing is the most serious symptom and results from frequent lung infections, which are treated with antibiotics and other medicines. 
     Hypertonic Saline (HS) is inhaled by patients used through a nebulizer machine. Although this medicine does not cure CF, it helps patients improve their quality of life.
     Every day patients with CF need HS to help liquefy their lung secretions. This involves a high treatment cost for them.
     Around 200 people have this illness in Santa Fe province.
     The Health Ministry of Santa Fe will deliver free HS in the different hospitals throughout the province.
     LIF will produce HS together with the LH UNC*.

(*) LH UNC: Laboratorio de Hemoderivados de la Universidad Nacional de Córdoba is the laboratory of the National University of Córdoba, which is specialized in blood medicines production.

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