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Natco seeks emergency approval in India for investigational therapy molnupiravir, currently being developed by Merck & Co for the treatment of non-hospitalized COVID-19 patients. The firm has linked its request to compassionate use amid a ferocious surge in COVID-19 cases in India, posing a potentially delicate choice for the regulator.
After backing off of MRK-7110 for hospitalized patients the company’s focus is on the oral antiviral molnupiravir for outpatients – which would be a huge win, but the drug has yet to fully prove itself in the clinic.
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