Tuesday, 5 July, 2022

Topic: Remdesivir

WHO adds Pfizer’s 2-drug antiviral Paxlovid to Covid recommendations for high-risk patients

WHO Guideline Development Group recommends oral drug Paxlovid for patients with non-severe Covid-19 who are at high risk of hospitalisation.

Once a Covid ‘wonder drug’, Remdesivir’s sales hit low in Nov, didn’t soar again with 3rd wave

Rs 6.4 cr worth of Remdesivir was sold in November, and Rs 12 cr in December, compared to Rs 287 cr in April 2021. Doctors say milder cases and better understanding is reason why.

Centre discontinues allocation of Remdesivir to states as supply improves

Union Minister Mansukh L Mandaviya said supply of the drug, which is being used to treat Covid-19, has been ramped up over ten times since 11 April.

Those indulging in black-marketing of remdesivir in UP being booked under NSA, CM Yogi says

Speaking in Kanpur, Yogi Adityanath also said properties of those hoarding or black-marketing life-saving medicines will be seized.

Political leaders have no business to hoard stocks of Covid medicines, says Delhi HC

The court was hearing a PIL seeking lodging of an FIR on the allegations that politicians are procuring & distributing medicines as patients run from pillar to post to get them.

Need legal advice on dealing with Covid fraud? These lawyer groups promise to help for free

Lawyers against Covifraud and India pro bono lawyers are among the groups that have organised through social media to offer advice and aid to victims of pandemic-related frauds.

Growing plasma, remdesivir use will help Covid virus mutate, become stronger: Ex-ICMR scientist

Dr Raman Gangakhedkar, face of ICMR during Covid briefings last year, said India could become breeding ground for several mutants if it does not adhere to evidence-based treatment. 

Delhi HC asks govt to reply to PIL seeking firms to sell Remdesivir in domestic market

The plea claimed that there are more than 25 companies in India which manufacture the medicine, but only 6 to 8 are permitted to sell it in the domestic market.

Govt to import 4.5 lakh vials of remdesivir to ease shortage, first shipment to arrive today

Demand for Remdesivir has gone up manifold in the country with a surge in Covid cases. The antiviral drug is used in the treatment of the infectious disease.

It appears Centre wants people to die, says Delhi HC on new protocol on remdesivir use

The high court said that the Centre was changing the protocol to reduce the shortage of remdesivir, adding that it was a 'complete mismanagement'.

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