The CPT has been involved in several clinical phage treatment cases. In these cases, we have identified and produced phages in collaboration with a team of medical doctors and other clinical professionals who prescribe and oversee treatments. The CPT is not able to make any diagnosis of diseases or provide treatment directly to any patient.
The CPT has been working with the Center for Innovative Phage Applications and Therapeutics (IPATH) at UC San Diego to connect patients and their physicians with phage treatment. In general, the initial inquiry for the phage therapy suitability is made by the physician or the infectious disease specialist who has direct responsibility for patient care. The physician will then discuss the patient’s case with physicians at the IPATH for potential treatment.
Phage therapy as human medicine is still considered to be highly experimental and it may not be suitable for all cases.