India Remdesivir Saga: Exports Barred, Ramp Up Plans And Panic
Supply Situation Seen Easing
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.
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The WHO’s new "living guideline" against remdesivir’s use in hospitalized patients notwithstanding, some key opinion leaders in India see a role for the antiviral, but underscore that COVID-19 is still in its infancy and all repurposed therapies for the disease still have a long way to go. They also see the US remdesivir studies as more robust.
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