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COVID-19 drug to reach Odisha capital shortly

COVID-19 drug to reach Odisha capital shortly”

It also said that the drug will be available in the next 8 to 10 days. The two companies have supplied initial batches of the drugs to the worst-affected areas on a priority basis since these are restricted and are limited in supply.

Remdesivir was reviewed in record time by the CHMP under its rolling review procedure, which allows data on a drug to be reviewed as it becomes available.

Dr. M. Srinivasa Reddy stated that "Covifor is Remdesivir's first generic brand". Hetero supplied its first batch of the vials to states such as Maharashtra, Delhi, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Telengana. "With this Covifor drug, we hope to lessen the treatment time of patients within the hospital, decreasing the increasing pressure on the medical foundation that's now overburdened because of a sudden acceleration in COVID- 19 infection rates".

A Hetero spokesperson said that another batch will be provided to Indore, Kolkata, Lucknow, Bhopal, Patna, Bhubaneswar, Vijayawada, Ranchi, Cochin, Trivandrum and Goa to meet emergencies.

The company is working closely with the government and medical community to make "Covifor" quickly accessible to both public and private healthcare settings across the country, he added.

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The Union Ministry of Health has explained the use of Remdesivir as an investigational treatment antiviral drug in its latest clinical administration for COVID-19 patients.

On Sunday, Hetero said it has received the manufacturing and marketing approval for remdesivir from the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) for the treatment of COVID-19.

The EMA endorsement means physicians can prescribe the Gilead drug in Europe once the European Commission, the EU executive, gives its approval, which is now a formality expected over the coming week.

Along with Hetero, three Indian companies, including Cipla, Jubilant, and the domestic arm of Mylan, have signed non-exclusive voluntary licencing agreements with Gilead Sciences.

Gilead's drug was the first drug to be shown to have an effect on COVID-19 in controlled clinical trials, showing that it can reduce the time spent in hospital for patients hospitalised with severe COVID-19 symptoms - down to 11 days from around 15 - in the ACTT-1 trial run by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID).

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