Gilead Licenses Remdesivir To Five Firms
Cipla, Ferozsons, Hetero, Jubilant And Mylan Get Rights
Gilead has announced a raft of licensing agreements with five generics firms to manufacture potential COVID-19 treatment remdesivir for distribution in 127 countries.
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To tackle the increase in demand for remdesivir in India amidst the second wave of COVID-19, Gilead Sciences is helping local licensees to scale up production of the product, including by providing API supplies. The company is also donating at least 450,000 vials of the Veklury brand “to help address the immediate needs of Indian patients.”
India stops remdesivir exports amid steep surge in COVID-19 cases, while licensees of Gilead’s antiviral take multiple measures to ramp up production to meet local demand. One badly affected state stresses the need to stem panic given the limitations of the treatment, even as some non-licensees of the drug apparently seek to contribute to supplies.
India’s Saptagir Laboratories has struck a deal with Jubilant Pharma to manufacture the ingredient for COVID-19 emergency treatment remdesivir. Meanwhile, following in the footsteps of Cipla, Hetero, Mylan and Zydus, Dr Reddy’s has launched its version of remdesivir for the Indian market under a licensing deal with Gilead.