The Phage Therapy Center in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, (not! the state of Georgia in the U.S.A. !) has been in business since about 2003 and was acquired by Phage International in 2005, a U.S. company.
They see a large number of the patients who travel to the Republic of Georgia for Bacteriophage treatment mostly due to their efforts in advertising.
It is important to note that all Bacteriophage products come from the Eliava Institute and this availability is not dependent on the Clinic itself, so they effectively get in a line behind any other treatment facility that orders from the Institute. To that extent, very often, they are not much more than a matching facility, that is, they get a sample analysed and ask the Institute to ascertain if there is a phage available to treat the infection.
Their treatment costs seem to move around a lot, depending on.. the weather?.. there's no other explanation:
- In early 2015 they advertised treatment costs on their website to be US$17 to US$20K, however that only remained there 3 weeks before it was removed.
- Between 2015 and 2018, those prices as reported by their patients back to us have moved all over the place in an alarming way.
- As of May 2018 they say the following:
The above can be used as a guide, keeping in mind the $3 - $5k cost is more likely to be $5k and any phages supplied at that price WILL BE OTC, which are very cheap to buy.
If your infection shows no sensitivity to available OTC phages, and a special phage is available from the Institute (termed an autophage), the cost is likely to start at round an extra US$1,500 and up, each autophage, also depending on the quantity ordered/required.
Their patient correspondence is done by Giorgi who has a good command of English
Prices move around an awful lot without any rhyme or reason; feedback has indicated they charge according to how much they think a patient can afford.
They can be found here:
Phage Therapy Center, Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia
4 D. Arakishvili I Lane
0179, Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia
Tel: (995 32) 291-6757
(The Clinic's Medical Director is Dr. Tengiz Chikvashvili)
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