Indian Leaders Begin Unique Collaboration On Molnupiravir
Including Cipla, Dr Reddy’s, Emcure, Sun Pharma and Torrent
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.
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