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Breaking News-Glenmark launches new coronavirus medicine at ₹103 per tablet. 10 things to know about this medicine

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  • Glenmark has received approval to manufacture and market Favipiravir in India for mild to moderate COVID-19 cases
  • It is a prescription based medicine

NEW DELHI : Having received the manufacturing and marketing approval from the Drugs Controller General of India {DCGI}, drug firm Glenmark Pharmaceuticals has launched antiviral drug Favipiravir, Brand name FabiFlu, for the treatment of patients with mild to moderate COVID-19 patients. Price at ₹103 per tablet, it’s prescription based drug will be available as a 200 mg tablet at an MRP of ₹3,500 for a strip of 34 tablets.

Things to know about the new Covid-19 drug:

1) The endorse dose of Favipiravir is 1,800 mg twice daily on day one, followed by 800 mg twice daily up to day 14. It is a prescription based medicine.

2) Glenmark said The drug will be available both through hospitals and the retail channel.

3) Dr Rommel Tickoo, Associate Director, Internal Medicine, Max Healthcare, said the drug could be a “potential game changer“. “We don’t have much data, but whatever data we have shows that it is hopeful. We will have clearer information about the efficacy of the drug in the next two months. The introductory report is promising which means that they Glenmark know that it works,” he told PTI. “It has to be given at an early stage and is a potential game changer as it can be given in tablet form and thus is easy to regulate, and is relatively low-priced,” he said.

4) Glenmark is producing the active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) for the drug at its Ankleshwar plant, while the formulating is being manufactured at its Baddi plant.

5) Favipiravir can be used for covid-19 patients with co-morbid conditions such as diabetes and heart disease with mild to moderate COVID-19 symptoms, Glenmark said.

6) It offers rapid reduction in viral load within four days and provides faster symptomatic and radiological improvement. Favipiravir has shown clinical improvement of up to 88 per cent in mild to moderate COVID-19 cases, the drug manufacturer said.

7) Favipiravir is backed by strong clinical evidence, showing encouraging results in patients with mild to moderate Covid-19. It offers broad range RNA virus coverage with clinical development noted in 20-90 plus age group.

8) Glenmark was the first company in India to receive the drug regulator’s approval to conduct phase 3rd clinical trial of Favipiravir antiviral tablets for Covid-19 patients.

9) Favipiravir is a generic version of Avigan of Fujifilm Toyama Chemical, Japan, a subsidiary of Fujifilm Corporation.

10) Considering a minimum of 2 strips per patient, Glenmark will be able to provide FabiFlu for about 82,600 patients in the first month itself.

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