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Strides Pharma gets DGCI approval to test potential Covid-19 drug

Glenmark was the first Indian firm to get approval from regulator to conduct trials on Favipiravir tablets, which are otherwise used to treat influenza

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Abheek Barua 

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Abheek Barua

Science has got approval from the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) to conduct trials of antiviral drug Favipiravir in India, which is considered a potential treatment for Covid-19.

“We have the approval to conduct human study and we will be starting the trials soon in India,” the Bengaluru-based company said on Thursday.

Favipiravir is a generic version of Avigan, initially developed in Japan to treat influenza. The product is being exported to Gulf countries by Strides to treat patients under a programme for Covid-19. The tablets are being manufactured at Strides’ flagship facility in Bengaluru, which can produce up to six billion units of solid orals annually.

Mumbai-based Glenmark had earlier received approval from the regulator to conduct clinical trials on Favipiravir tablets for Covid-19 patients.

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First Published: Fri, May 22 2020. 13:57 IST
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