New Delhi, Jan 4: Covid antiviral drug Molnupiravir was launched in India on Monday.
It has been priced at Rs 1,399 for a five-day course.
Amid rising cases of new Covid variant Omicron in the country, an expert panel of the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation had recently approved the antiviral drug Molnupiravir for restricted use in an emergency situation.
Along with Molnupiravir, the CDSCO has also granted emergency use authorization to the Serum Institute of India’s Covid vaccine COVOVAX, Hyderabad-based Biological E RBD Protein CORBEVAX.
Molnupiravir is an antiviral medication that inhibits the replication of certain RNA viruses. It is used to treat COVID-19 in those infected by SARS-CoV-2. The recommended dose of Molnupiravir 800 mg is twice a day for five days. A patient needs to take 40 capsules containing 200 mg of medication. Over a dozen pharma companies including Torrent, Cipla, Sun Pharma, Dr. Reddy’s, Natco, Mylan, and Hetero are in the process to manufacture the oral pill.
Cipla, Sun Pharma, and Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories are also expected to release Molnupiravir capsules in the coming weeks.
Molnupiravir, developed by MSD and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics, is also the first oral anti-Covid pill approved by UK’s drug regulator. The US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) has also cleared Molnupiravir for the treatment of mild-to-moderate Covid-19 in adults, and for those who are at a high risk to severe disease.