Gauhati High Court: Kohima Bench gives positive order on the PIL filed by HRLN on stockout of anti-retroviral drugs.

Post Date: Tuesday, November 13, 2018

A Public Interest Litigation petition was filed in the Gauhati High Court, Kohima Bench, after the anti-retroviral drug (ARV), Nevirapine, was completely stocked out in all healthcare units in Nagaland at the end of August. In syrup form, the drug is administered to newborn infants to dramatically decrease the risk of transmission of HIV from parent to child. The Court found that the stockout and erratic delivery of an essential ARV constituted a violation of Article 21 of the Constitution. An interim order, calling for the future timely delivery of Nevirapine syrup in the State of Nagaland and follow up monitoring was passed.