Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed a poly-herbal medicine by the trade name of Lukoskin for the treatment of Leucoderma.
It was announced by Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Rajya Sabha. The medicine was developed by Haldwani (Uttarakhand) based scientists of Defence Bio-Energy Research (DIBER), which is a laboratory of DRDO under the aegis of the Union Defence Ministry.
Lukoskin is an ointment which has seven ingredients of plants having properties such as anti-blister, skin photo sensitizer, anti-irritation, wound healing, anti-septic and copper supplementing properties.
DRDO has transferred technology of the herbal product to private firm AIMIL Pharmaceutical Private Limited for commercial production and marketing. This private firm will introduce it in market.
Leukoderma (also known as vitiligo) is a cutaneous acquired condition causing a rare skin disease which results white patches on skin. This condition is caused due to loss of pigmentation of the skin that may occur after any number of inflammatory skin conditions such as burns, postdermabrasion, intralesional steroid injections etc. It is neither a infectious nor contagious disease but largely a cosmetic problem.