Sun Pharma announced Tuesday that its subsidiary has received Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) to manufacture and market a generic version of MSD and Ridgeback’s antiviral drug molnupiravir under the name Molxvir brand in India.
Earlier this year, the Mumbai-based pharmaceutical major signed a voluntary non-exclusive license agreement with MSD to manufacture and supply a generic version of molnupiravir in more than 100 low and middle-income countries (LMICs), including India.
The DCGI has approved molnupiravir for the treatment of adult patients with COVID-19 who are at high risk of disease progression, including hospitalization or death.
Molnupiravir is an important addition to the portfolio of oral therapies available for the treatment of patients with Covid-19, said Kirti Ganorkar, CEO of Sun Pharmaceutical Industries (India Business), in a statement.
“In line with our ongoing efforts to accelerate access to new drugs for the treatment of Covid-19, we will make Molxvir available to patients at an affordable price. We are also in the process of launching a free hotline to ensure availability of Molxvir. to doctors and patients across India. Our effort is to make the product available within a week, ”he added.
The recommended dose of the drug is 800 mg twice a day for five days.
The duration of treatment with molnupiravir is much shorter compared to other therapies, which is a significant advantage as it reduces pill load and improves adherence.
Molnupiravir was developed by MSD and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics.
It has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the UK Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA).
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