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myTBdoc Program

Nakul Pasricha and team are working to develop special cards, called myTBdoc cards, with unique alphanumeric identifiers printed on them to be given to medical representatives (MRs). TB medicines manufactured by Lupin will also have unique identifiers printed on them. MRs will give myTBdoc cards to private doctors that see TB patients, educating them on correct TB prescription methods. Doctors will then give these cards to new TB patients, instructing them to SMS the unique code on the card (enrolling them in our program) and to SMS the unique codes printed on their TB drugs as they take them. PharmaSecure will then deliver phone interventions, such as reminders to take medicines, follow up calls, and TB health tips via SMS and voice calls. Lupin holds a major market share in the Indian TB drug market, and hence the solution will reach out to a larger affected population easily.

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