Dr. Marcos Virmond
International Leprosy Association
This dreaded drug is a marvellous choice for treating Type 2 leprosy reactions. However, its strong potential to cause deformity in babies makes it a stigmatized drug.
Leprosy without reaction would be almost a harmless disease.
Nerves in leprosy retain their potential to regenerate. The problem is to make a path through intense fibrotic areas to reach the end organs (muscle or skin).
If you could predict a leprosy reaction ahead of its onset, it would be easier to treat it and prevent deformities.
Stigma is a top reason for delayed diagnosis, maintenance of the infectious chain and onset of disabilities and deformities. I would like to see the elimination of the stigma associated with the disease.