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6 Indian firms to boost supply of remdesivir by Gilead - New Delhi News

New Delhi, June 14 (IANS) Over a course of about one month, US drug-maker Gilead Sciences has signed non-exclusive voluntary licensing agreements with at least six Indian pharmaceutical companies to boost the supply of remdesivir, the experimental antiviral drug that has shown promise in Covid-19 treatment.

Updated Jun 14, 2020 08:38 AM

6 Indian firms to boost supply of remdesivir by Gilead - New Delhi News

These companies are -- Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Ltd., Zydus Cadila Healthcare Ltd., Biocon company Syngene, Hetero Labs Ltd.; Jubilant Lifesciences; and Cipla Ltd.

In addition, Gilead said it had signed a similar agreement with US-based Mylan which has a strong India presence and Egypt-based Eva Pharma and Pakistan-based Ferozsons Laboratories.

The agreements allow these companies to manufacture remdesivir for distribution in 127 countries.

The regulatory approval status of remdesivir varies by country.

The Union Health Ministry in India on Saturday recommended use of remdesivir in Covid-19 patients in moderate stage.

Under the licensing agreements, the companies have a right to receive a technology transfer of the Gilead manufacturing process for remdesivir to enable them to scale up production more quickly.

The licensees also set their own prices for the generic product they produce.

The licenses are royalty-free until the World Health Organization declares the end of the Public Health Emergency of International Concern regarding COVID-19, or until a pharmaceutical product other than remdesivir or a vaccine is approved to treat or prevent COVID-19, whichever is earlier, Gilead said.

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