Industry Steps Up To Help India Through Second Wave
Zydus Cadila, Natco, Strides And Dr Reddy’s Work On COVID Treatments
As India sees a consistent rise in daily cases and deaths due to COVID-19, the off-patent industry is stepping up to make drugs affordable and available. Zydus Cadila is seeking approval for virafin, while Natco has applied for molnupiravir approval. Vaccine production and availability has also come under focus.
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Major Indian pharmaceutical companies including Cipla, Dr Reddy’s, Emcure, Sun and Torrent have entered into a first-of-its-kind collaboration to jointly sponsor, supervise and monitor the clinical trial of the investigational oral anti-viral drug molnupiravir to fight against COVID-19 in India.
MSD India outlines further specifics around the just-announced voluntary licensing deal for molnupiravir with Indian firms, noting an expectation to discuss local data needs with the country’s regulator. All eyes are also on whether non-licensee Natco will stay the course for its application for the investigational antiviral.
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