Shionogi's Oral COVID Drug Set For Global Access Through MPP
Hot On Heels Of PIII Data
Agreement with UN-affiliated body set to expand global availability in lower income countries of Japanese firm’s protease inhibitor, which has faced approval road bumps at home but now looks set to move forward on positive new Phase III data.
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Shionogi unveiled its latest pipeline update, including a focus on long-standing key areas such as HIV and COVID-19 and a new obesity candidate, at its recent R&D Day, amid struggles to line up new products for launch over the next few years. The Japanese firm also seems set to seek further in-licencing collaborations.
A license agreement between Shionogi and the Medicines Patent Pool aims to widen access to Shionogi’s oral COVID-19 anti-viral ensitrelvir in low to middle-income countries. The investigational drug reduced Omicron-related symptoms in a recent Phase III trial.
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