Hetero, Cipla's Remdesivirs Hit India Market, 'Surplus' Envisaged By August
Prices Well Below $100/vial
Gilead licensees Hetero and Cipla introduce remdesivir, the antiviral seen as a potential treatment for COVID-19, in India. Pricing plans will be closely watched and supplies in the country are expected to stabilize soon, possibly turning to a surplus situation in several months.
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COVID-19 doesn't seem to be going away any time soon and antivirals remdesivir and favipiravir remain part of the treatment armamentarium. “Safety inventories” are in place for remdesivir in India, while a key physician anticipates an uptick in the use of favipiravir amid a surge in cases in some parts of the country.
Most roads led to India in 2020 when it came to deals to expand access to COVID-19 therapies, but the challenging year also saw significant private equity interest and there are expectations of more action ahead in the new year.
The WHO’s new "living guideline" against remdesivir’s use in hospitalized patients notwithstanding, some key opinion leaders in India see a role for the antiviral, but underscore that COVID-19 is still in its infancy and all repurposed therapies for the disease still have a long way to go. They also see the US remdesivir studies as more robust.