Sometime in mid-2015, a young cancer patient in New York City was driven to desperation. The family had built a treatment war chest of a few million dollars but the drugs weren’t working. None at all. Not even Keytruda, the expensive breakthrough drug from Merck & Co. which was approved around that time. Through academic connections, the family learnt about Mitra Biotech’s cancer diagnostics technology which the company offered on a compassionate ground. The diagnostic test threw up, to everyone’s surprise, a drug option which was low on everyone’s priority, and also, price.
The $20 chemotherapy drug Topotecan did wonders; the 6 cm tumour vanished.