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Glenmark, Cipla stocks surge after nod to launch drugs for COVID-19

Debanjana Dutta

Glenmark Pharmaceuticals’ share price surged 30% on Monday to ₹531.80 per unit after it became the first pharmaceutical company in India to receive regulatory approval to make and sell oral antiviral drug favipiravir for treating mild-to-moderate Covid-19 infections. At the same time, Cipla’s stock jumped by 4.3% to ₹664.45 per unit after it announced the launch of remdesivir under its brand name Cipremi .

For emergency use of remdesivir for the treatment of hospitalised 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients the US Food and Drug Administration has issued an emergency use authorisation to Gilead Sciences Inc .

Glenmark has announced the launch of favipiravir (brand name FabiFlu) for the treatment of mild to moderate COVID-19 patients. For making FabiFlu the first oral favipiravir-approved medication in India for the treatment of coronavirus the pharma major has received manufacturing and marketing approval from India’s drug regulator .

Improvements of up to 88 per cent with a rapid reduction in viral load by four days was shown by use of Favipiravir. Gilead Sciences extended a voluntary non-exclusive license to Cipla to manufacture and market Cipla’s generic version of remdesivir called Cipremi in month of May .

Cipla has been granted regulatory approval by the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) for restricted emergency use in the country as part of the accelerated approval process considering the urgent and unmet medical need.
As part of a risk management plan, Cipla will provide training on the use of the drug, informed patient consent documents, conduct post-marketing surveillance as well as conduct a phase four clinical trial on Indian patients.

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