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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Lauding a “significant milestone for Mylan, for the global public health community and, most importantly, for patients who are battling this pandemic,” Mylan has received approval in India for its remdesivir 100mg/vial product licensed from Gilead Sciences.
In the wake of the revelation that the US has secured rights to almost all of Gilead’s remdesivir supplies through September 2020, compulsory licensing had been raised as a possible way for countries to procure versions of the COVID-19 treatment. However, Medicines for Europe has cautioned that the procedure will not be practical to apply in Europe.
Gilead licensees Hetero and Cipla introduce remdesivir, the antiviral seen as a potential treatment for COVID-19, in India. Pricing plans will be closely watched and supplies in the country are expected to stabilize soon, possibly turning to a surplus situation in several months.