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Glenmark Pharmaceuticals launched its antiviral drug to treat Covid-19 mild to moderate patients

Glenmark Pharmaceuticals launched it's an antiviral drug on Saturday to treat mild to moderate patients suffering from Covid-19 after "DCGI" approval. It will cost nearly Rs 103 per tablet.


The condition of India in the passing month has become worse as it is facing an immense spike in Covid-19 cases from May and it’s not reaching a plateau yet.

On Sunday, India again saw another record spike of 14,821 new COVID-19 cases in a solitary day, pushing the count to 4,25,282 while the loss of life rose to 13,699, and a casualty pace of 3.28% as per Union Health Ministry Data. 

The Mumbai based pharmaceutical firm ‘Glenmark Pharmaceuticals’ on Saturday, said it propelled antiviral medication Favipiravir, under the brand name FabiFlu at a cost of nearly Rs 103 for every tablet, for the treatment of patients with mild to moderate Covid-19.

Glenmark pharmaceuticals said the medication will be accessible as a 200 mg tablet at a most extreme retail value (MRP) of Rs 3,500 for a segment of 34 tablets.

After getting approval from the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) for manufacturing and endorsing. The firm has become the primary Indian organization to industrially dispatch antiviral medication.

The dosages are 200 mg X 9 tablets at the very beginning and 200 mg X 4 tablets per day for 14 days of the treatment. In any case, it should just be taken after a specialist’s solution. A clinical preliminary was directed by Glenmark among 90 mild and 60 moderate Covid-19 patients across 11 locales in India. The medication is professed to have adequacy of over 80% in the treatment of gentle to direct Covid-19 patients.

 The endorsement comes when cases in India are spiraling more than ever and squeezing our social insurance framework. FabiFlu will lessen this weight. Glenmark will work with the administration and clinical network to make it rapidly available to patients the nation over,” said Glenn Saldanha, Chairman and Managing Director, Glenmark Pharmaceuticals.


Delhi-based Brinton Pharmaceuticals, Bengaluru-based Strides Pharma, Mumbai-based Lasa Supergenerics, and Hyderabad-based Optimus Pharma are a portion of the other Indian firms that have applied for endorsement and are preparing for its dispatch in India, as indicated by sources.

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The dynamic pharmaceutical fixing (API) and the plan for FabiFlu were created by Glenmark through in-house innovative work. The DCGI permitted quick track preliminaries with Phase III in constrained patients. The endorsement procedure is additionally under Emergency Use Authorisation (EUA).

The medication demonstrations by getting into cells and restrains the movement of viral replication to lessen the viral burden. Early utilisation of antiviral medications can control a high pace of viral replication. Nonetheless, if not controlled at first, popular replication eases back down in later stages bringing about intricacies because of the body’s rough invulnerable reaction which may likewise bring about organ disappointment, said the organisation sources.

Be that as it may, specialists state that it’s anything but an ‘enchantment tranquilize’ however can help amid rising cases. “It’s anything but an enchantment shot as it isn’t the main thing we need to give. This is anything but a particular medication made for Covid-19 and has been seen as valuable, however, the amount it will be helpful we should see.

An examination consolidating two enemies of viral medications, Favipiravir (an affirmed sedate for novel influenza pandemics) with Umifenovir (an endorsed tranquilize for Influenza) in Covid-19 patients is likewise being attempted by Glenmark.

Favipiravir is now being utilised financially in the helpful administration of COVID-19 in Bangladesh and UAE. It is sold under the brand name Avigan by Fujifilm Toyama Chemical and is endorsed in Japan since 2014 in rewarding flu.

It is under the endorsement procedure in Egypt and Jordan and is a piece of the treatment convention in Russia, Japan, and Saudi Arabia. Around 18 worldwide clinical preliminaries in 3,000 subjects are continuing, remembering India, the USA, Canada, Italy, China, France, the UK, and different nations.


If we look around the condition globally the count is hitting the 9 million mark. So, at present, no one but medication can prove to be an alleviation in this bedlam of the pandemic.


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