Possible coronavirus drug Remdesivir goes out of stock for three-months as US buys global supply

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Published: July 2, 2020 9:24 AM

With the number of coronavirus cases inching higher each day and the race to develop an effective vaccine gathering more steam, the United States Government has secured almost the entire stock of Remdesivir.

Hetero gets DCGI nod to launch COVID-19 drug Covifor, generic version of RemdesivirThe department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in the US said that it has secured 500,000 treatment courses of the drug for American hospitals.

With the number of coronavirus cases inching higher each day and the race to develop an effective vaccine gathering more steam, the United States Government has secured almost the entire stock of Remdesivir — a drug that has been showing positive results on patients infected with the coronavirus. Remdesivir, manufactured by US-based Gilead Sciences Inc has signed a deal with the United States Health and Human Services for 5 lakh treatment courses of the drug. The move is in line with US President Donald Trump’s ‘America First’ approach. In India, CIPLA and Hetro Labs are the two companies that have an emergency marketing approval for Remdesivir from the Drug Controller of India.

The department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in the US said that it has secured 500,000 treatment courses of the drug for American hospitals. “This represents 100 percent of Gilead’s projected production for July (94,200 treatment courses), 90 percent of production in August (174,900 treatment courses), and 90 percent of production in September (232,800 treatment courses), in addition to an allocation for clinical trials,” HHS said in a release. According to the release, the treatment for coronavirus using Remdesivir for a person is 6.25 vials. Hospitals will pay approximately $3,200 per treatment course. Gilead has already donated approximately 1,20,000 treatment courses of Remdesivir to the United States.

In India, the Drug Regulator has given permission to Hetero Labs and Cipla to manufacture and market antiviral drug Remdesivir for “restricted emergency use” on hospitalised patients of the coronavirus disease. Additionally Glenmark Pharmaceuticals, another domestic pharma major has been granted permission to manufacture and market Favipiravir, for restricted emergency use only. 

Remdesivir, a drug manufactured to treat patients of Ebola virus has been showing positive signs when used on patients during clinical trials. It was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration in May this year for the treatment of coronavirus patients. The drug, administered in the form of injection, has been approved with a dosage of 200 mg on day one followed by 100 mg daily for the following five days. 

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